The United States and South Korea have agreed to scale down joint military exercises, a South Korean military source says, as chances increase for finding a diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.
The US holds military drills with South Korea every year. The so-called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills are held every spring and constitute a major irritant to North Korea, which describes them as rehearsals for invasion.
In what seemed like a minor concession to Pyongyang, a South Korean military source announced that Foal Eagle, a field exercise involving tens of thousands of troops, would be held this year as well but would be halved in length from two months to one, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Earlier, a senior official in the South Korean presidential office had said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had told a visiting official from the South that Pyongyang would “understand” if the drills were held again this…