US, South Korea to scale back Foal Eagle exercise this spring

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurence Cerezo conducts flight operations with a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter as part of exercise Foal Eagle 2017. The U.S. and South Korea will scale back their annual Foal Eagle exercise, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (JEREMY GRAHAM/U.S. NAVY PHOTO)
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurence Cerezo conducts flight operations with a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter as part of exercise Foal Eagle 2017. The U.S. and South Korea will scale back their annual Foal Eagle exercise, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (JEREMY GRAHAM/U.S. NAVY PHOTO)

US, South Korea to scale back Foal Eagle exercise this spring

by: Corey Dickstein | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 23, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United States and South Korea will scale back their annual Foal Eagle exercise this spring to facilitate ongoing negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

“Foal Eagle is being reorganized a bit to keep it at a level that will not be harmful to diplomacy,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

The two nations have canceled their last four scheduled large-scale training exercises on the Korean Peninsula to provide diplomats an opportunity to negotiate with North Korea. The North has long viewed such military training as provocative and a prelude to invasion. President Donald Trump unexpectedly ordered those large-scale exercises canceled in the wake of his June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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