The United States must freeze all kinds of military exercises and deployment of weapons on the Korean peninsula to de-escalate heightened tensions with North Korea, an American foreign policy analyst says.
James Jatras, a former Senate foreign policy adviser in Washington, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on reports that the United States does not plan to pause a joint annual military exercise with South Korea during the upcoming Winter Olympics in the Asian country.
South Korea will host the Olympics in February amid rising tensions with North Korea.
Seoul and Washington usually hold their two annual military drills, called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, in March and April, with some 17,000 American troops and more than 300,000 South Korean soldiers participating in the exercises.
Pyongyang is highly critical of those exercises, considering them preparations to invade the North. In response, it has…