S. Korea and U.S. start scaled-down ‘Dong Maeng’ joint military exercise this Monday


Following the Hanoi summit between the leaders
of North Korea and the U.S. last week…. Seoul and Washington kicked off their new
*scaled-down joint military exercise today. Our Park Ji-won reports. The Dong Maeng exercise, meaning “alliance”
in English, begins this Monday,… and will continue for seven weekdays, finishing next
Tuesday. South Korea’s Defense Ministry, Joint Chiefs
of Staff, and operational commands from the ROK Army, Navy and Air Force,… as well as
the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Indo-Pacific Command will
join the computer-simulated exercise. The new exercise will be much scaled down
from the two countries’ previous Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, which were held
every spring. Seoul’s Defense Minister, Jeong Kyeong-doo,
and acting U.S. Defense Secretary ( ) Patrick Shanahan decided to kickstart this new exercise
after talking on the phone over the weekend. The two defense chiefs said,… the decision
to end the annual command-and-control exercise Key Resolve and field training Foal Eagle
exercise,… and to come up with this much-reduced Dong Maeng exercise, was a move to back the
diplomatic push for denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Instead,.. the two countries emphasized that
they will conduct more frequent, smaller-sized field training drills throughout the year,..
to compensate for the cancellation of the Foal Eagle exercise. Amid ongoing negotiations between Pyeongyang
and Washington,… South Korea and the U.S. have canceled or
downsized a number of major joint exercises, including Ulchi Freedom Guardian and Vigilant
Ace last year. On Sunday,… South Korea’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff Park Han-ki,.. and Commander of ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command Robert Abrams said
in a joint statement that conducting military exercises is very important to maintain combat
readiness,… stressing they are indispensable in strengthening the alliance. South Korea and the U.S. did not reveal the
specific number of troops joining this exercise. Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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