US, S.Korea to hold smaller military exercise

US, S.Korea to hold smaller military exercise

The US and South Korean militaries will hold a smaller scale training program, instead of the massive joint military drills they have held annually.

South Korea's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Park Han-Ki and Combined Forces Commander, General Robert B. Abe Abrams released a joint statement.

The exercise, Dong Maeng, which means Alliance in English, will be held from Monday until March 12. The training has been modified from the annual spring exercises held between February and April. The statement did not offer further details, but it says the training will focus on strategic, operational, and tactical aspects of general military operations on the Korean Peninsula.

The statement says that it is important for professional armies to train and maintain to a standard of readiness. It also says these exercises are crucial in sustaining and strengthening the alliance between the countries.

The US Department of Defense announced on Saturday that the United States and South Korea have agreed not to hold joint large-scale military exercises in the spring. The move is seen as a sign of the US intention to continue talks to denuclearize North Korea.