South Korea and the United States have decided to launch a postponed joint military exercise despite warnings by North Korea that the move may jeopardize a nascent rapprochement between Pyongyang and Seoul.
Yonhap news agency cited a South Korean presidential security adviser as saying that the joint military drills would start in early April.
The exercises were originally planned for an earlier date; however, they were postponed until after the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in South Korea — which will end in mid-March — in an effort not to provoke North Korea, which decided to take part in the Games in the territory of its rival South.
The news agency quoted Moon Chung-in, the South Korean security adviser, as saying at a seminar in Washington that he was “aware the drills will begin in the first week of April.”
Moon expressed hope that dialog would begin between Pyongyang and Washington. He also said that in “talks between…