The US President Donald Trump said that he does not want to conduct joint military exercises with the Republic of Korea, because he plans to save money. The corresponding entry he posted on Sunday on Twitter.
“The reason I do not want to conduct military exercises with South Korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the US, which no one will return to us. I held this position long before I became President. In addition, reducing tension in relations with North Korea at the moment is a good thing,” he said.
Earlier, the Ministry of defense of South Korea and the Pentagon announced the decision of the United States and the Republic of Korea to stop joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle field exercises with the aim of speeding up the process of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It was adopted as a result of a telephone conversation between acting defense Minister Patrick Shanahan and South Korean Minister of national defense Jong-Kyung-Do.
As reported later by Yonhap, citing a statement by the joint chiefs of staff of the Republic of Korea and the Command of the United forces of South Korea and the United States, Seoul and Washington will instead hold a joint exercise called “Alliance” from 4 to 12 March.