Abe to U.S. and South Korea: Don’t scale down joint military drill

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked the United States and South Korea to conduct more joint military drills after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea without lowering military standards in order to keep pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile development.

 

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo soon and will heavily discuss the matter before heading to the opening ceremony of the Olympic games and they are expected to agree on conducting more drills as a normalcy.

 

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Abe, Pence and their South Korean counterpart, President Moon Jae-In will convey a shared view to South Korea when the three of them will being their talks in Pyeongchang later this February.

 

The United States of America and their South Korean allies have agreed to temporarily halt their annual joint military exercises until after the February Olympic games as well as the Winter Paralympics in South Korea this coming March 9-18.

 

North Korea, on the other hand, which plans to send athletes, cheerleaders and officials to the Olympics and has shown no apparent aggression recently, has opposed the joint military drills by America and SoKor, which the North has described as preparations for an invasion.

 

Signs of calming the tensions between the two Koreas have emerged on the peninsula since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un struck a conciliatory note on relations with the South in his New Year’s address amid North Korea’s continued and persistent development of nuclear and ballistic weapons including missile technology.

 

Abe has been calling on the international community for quite some time now to maximize pressure on North Korea and reject dialogue with the Hermit Kingdom unless the isolationist-state stops its continuous harassment to its neighbours and shows actions toward denuclearization.

 

Reference: Abe to U.S. and South Korea: Don’t scale down joint military drill

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