Now that the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have come to an end, South Korea and the U.S. will continue joint military operations that were put on hold due to the international games.
The continuity of military drills in South Korea is also vital due to President Trump’s upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“The U.S. and South Korea will resume joint military exercises next month, after delaying them for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The drills come as President Trump prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this year.
It’s unclear whether resumption of the U.S.-South Korea military exercises could complicate efforts to de-escalate tensions with North Korea, which has denounced the drills as preparations for war.
The Pentagon said that the United Nations Command has notified North Korea’s military of the upcoming exercises.
The drills are expected to be “at a scale similar to that of the previous years,” the Pentagon added.”