Korea, US terminate 2 joint exercises, launch new one
Mar. 08, 2019
Global Korean Post
By Kim Minji
Korea and the U.S. have decided to terminate their joint military drills Key Resolve and Foal Eagle to launch the new exercise Dong Maeng, the Ministry of National Defense said on March 4.
Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan agreed on the decision in a March 2 phone call.
Key Resolve drills will be renamed Dong Maeng, which means “alliance” in English, and Foal Eagle exercises will be replaced by revised training programs with smaller fields.
The ministry said the decision was “a measure to support diplomatic efforts in achieving complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a final, fully verified manner,” adding, “Both (sides) agreed to hold a meeting in the near future to deepen the South Korea-U.S. alliance and ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.”
Dong Maeng drills will be held from March 4-12 by the Republic of Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and focus on strategic, operational and tactical aspects