U.S. and South Korean sailors listen to a safety briefing during a Foal Eagle exercise in Jinhae, South Korea, March 13, 2017.  TORREY LEE/U.S. NAVY
U.S. and South Korean sailors listen to a safety briefing during a Foal Eagle exercise in Jinhae, South Korea, March 13, 2017. TORREY LEE/U.S. NAVY

US, S. Korea officially call off annual military exercises amid nuclear talks with N. Korea

Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea canceled key war games in favor of low-profile drills, the allies said Sunday, in a major concession to North Korea days after its nuclear summit with President Donald Trump collapsed without agreement.

The springtime exercises known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, along with their autumn counterpart Ulchi Freedom Guardian, have long been the lynchpin of the alliance between Seoul and Washington.

The drills, which include computer simulations and live-fire bombing runs, also have been a touchstone for tensions as the North considers them a rehearsal for an invasion.

The decision to cancel Key Resolve and Foal Eagle had been widely expected after Trump reiterated his own antipathy for the drills, which he has called “very expensive” and “provocative.”

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