Ministry of Defense

South Korea and the United States will reportedly hold joint outdoor drills throughout the year and not during specific periods of time, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Ministry spokesman Boo Seung-chan made the remarks in response to a reporter’s question about when and how the two sides will carry out joint royal maneuvers this year, given that the ongoing spring exercise it does not include such outdoor programs.

“Following the North Korea-US summit in Singapore in June 2018, South Korea and the US have adjusted their combined exercises to support diplomatic efforts for denuclearization and peacemaking in the United States. Korean Peninsula, “said Boo, in a regular briefing.

He added that, as part of such efforts, his principle is that joint outdoor drills should be conducted uniformly throughout the year, rather than intensively during specific times.

Since 2019, its main combined exercises, which are usually held twice a year, have not included outdoor drills.

Seoul and Washington began their computer-simulated Combined Command Post Training (CCPT) on Tuesday, which runs through March 18.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the exercise involves a “minimal” level of troops and that no drills will be held outdoors.He added that it is out of consideration for “related factors” exhaustively, such as the COVID-19 situation and efforts for peace with North Korea.

The two countries held a total of 172 joint training sessions in South Korea last year, down from 191 in 2019, according to ministry data.

Pyongyang has long demanded the cessation of such exercises, denouncing them as a rehearsal for the invasion of its territory.It has not yet officially responded to ongoing military exercises.

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