Small-scale military drills begin in US South Korea

Last Updated: Mar 04 2019 17:21
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SEOUL- On Monday, South Korea and the United States began a series of military exercises on a reduced scale in order to keep dialogue with North Korea open despite the poor results of the summit in Hanoi. 

The agencies reported that the new exercises, called Dong Maeng ("Alliance"), are a modification of the annual Key Resolve drills, which have been cancelled.

Dong Maeng - a war game based on computer simulation - will last only one week until March 12, unlike the Key Resolve drills, which lasted about two weeks.

On Sunday, South Korea's Minister of Defence Jeong Kyeong-doo and US Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan agreed by telephone to cancel the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle (a combined field training exercise) drills and replace them with a new format to support diplomacy surrounding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as per Yonhap news agency reports.