US-South Korea Postpones Joint-Military Drill, Urges North Korea to come back on Negotiating Table

  • On Sunday, the USA and South Korea have jointly announced to postpone the upcoming military drills (known as Combined Flying Training Event) for bolstering the peace efforts with North Korea, which is currently stalled. The US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the decision of postponing the US-South Korea joint drill doesn’t mean that the North Korea has been given concession. He went on to say that both the US and South Korean militaries remain at a high state of readiness so that they can respond to any threat immediately. During the announcement in Bangkok, Esper was accompanied by his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo. Esper said that he expects DPRK to respond to this goodwill gesture and urged the North Korean officials “to return to the negotiating table without precondition or hesitation.”