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U.S., South Korea Begin Foal Eagle Drills
« on: April 02, 2018, 10:54:58 am »


U.S., South Korea Begin Foal Eagle Drills


The ‘low-key’ drills come as the two Koreas plan to meet face-to-face later this month.

Apr 2

The long-anticipated Foal Eagle joint military exercises combining U.S. and South Korean assets began Sunday morning, and so far, North Korea hasn’t responded.

Amid preparations for the first direct talks with the Hermit Kingdom in more than a decade, the drills are “low key.” But, more than 11,500 U.S. and 290,000 South Korean troops are taking part in the exercises.

As Foal Eagle was getting underway, a contingent of South Korean pop stars were performing in Pyongyang—part of a peace gesture from South Korean President Moon Jae-in ahead of the inter-Korean summit later this month. Those talks will begin April 27 at the “truce village” on Panmunjom in what will be only the third-ever face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas.

Official North Korean media outlets have so far said nothing about the military exercises in South Korea. Later in the month, the annual Key Resolve drill—a “tabletop” exercise involving mainly computer-based simulations—will begin for a two-week duration.

Foal Eagle and Key Resolve were delayed due to South Korea hosting the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which saw a sudden thaw in inter-Korean relations. Many analysts are still concerned, particularly following North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing, that the Hermit Kingdom is only trying to buy time as it continues to develop a nuclear missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

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