U.S., South Korea to postponement military drills during Olympics

President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have concluded to hindrance their countries’ corner military exercises set to take place during the arriving Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, with both job for a “safe and successful” 2018 Olympic Games. 

A National Security Council central reliable to CBS News that the agreement took place during a call between the two leaders Thursday morning. According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Moon pronounced that it “would severely help safeguard the success of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games if you could demonstrate an goal to check corner South Korea-U.S. military exercises during the Olympics in case the North does not make any some-more provocations.”

According to a White House readout of the call, Mr. Trump concluded with Moon to “de-conflict the Olympics and the military exercises so that United States and Republic of Korea forces can concentration on ensuring the confidence of the Games.”

The readout records that the boss also sensitive Moon that the U.S. will be promulgation a “high-level delgation” to the Winter Games.  

South Korean and U.S. forces have regularly conducted corner drills, which North Korea refers to as advance rehearsals as the regime has ramped up its threats of nuclear provocation.

The agreement comes after a New Years debate delivered by Kim in which he signaled being open to intensity talks with the South as good as presumably promulgation a commission to the Olympic Games. 

Mr. Trump seemingly took credit the such tactful progress in a twitter on Thursday. 

“Does anybody really trust that talks and discourse would be going on between North and South Korea right now if we wasn’t firm, clever and peaceful to dedicate the sum ‘might’ against the North,” he tweeted. 

South Korea has welcomed Kim’s proposal. Moon’s joint minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared limit encampment of Panmunjom to plead Olympic team-work and how to urge altogether ties.

The White House readout combined that the two leaders “agreed to continue the campaign of limit vigour against North Korea and to not repeat mistakes of the past.”

CBS News’ Jacqueline Alemany, Margaret Brennan and Emily Tillett contributed to this report. 

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