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South Korea And The United States Postponed Military Exercises Due To Coronavirus

South Korea And The United States Postponed Military Exercises Due To Coronavirus

South Korea and the United States agreed to postpone the start of joint military exercises from Sunday to Tuesday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing information from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the South Korean armed forces.

The reason was that one of the South Korean officers who should take part in them, tested positive for coronavirus.

Traditionally, joint exercises between the US and South Korea are closely watched by North Korea, which calls them a "rehearsal for war." The number of them has recently been reduced to encourage Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear missile program as a result of negotiations with Washington, the Agency writes.

The program of the current exercises, which are planned until August 28, will focus on a "combined defensive position" while working out the transition of operational control in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula will be carried out only "partially," according to a statement from the JCS.