An Air Force F-16 takes off at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, during Max Thunder 17, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The U.S. and South Korea launched joint air force drills Monday, April 23, 2019, as an alternative to Max Thunder. MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES
An Air Force F-16 takes off at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, during Max Thunder 17, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The U.S. and South Korea launched joint air force drills Monday, April 23, 2019, as an alternative to Max Thunder. MARCUS FICHTL/STARS AND STRIPES

US, S. Koreans begin combined air force drills

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea have launched joint air force drills, officials said Tuesday, as the allies maintain efforts to keep military exercises low-key amid nuclear talks with the North.

South Korean military officials said the two-week exercise began Monday as an alternative to Max Thunder, which has been one of the Air Force’s largest annual exercises on the divided peninsula.

The U.S. military has canceled or scaled-back several joint exercises since President Donald Trump first announced he was “ending the war games” following his first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12.

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