January 18, 2022

Seoul won’t downsize military drills in exchange for nuclear freeze: Moon

Ahead of landmark U.S.-ROK summit, Moon says Seoul could “start a conversation" with Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed suggestions by a government advisor last week that the South was considering downsizing joint military exercises with the U.S. in exchange for a nuclear test freeze by North Korea.

“Our official stance is that the North’s nuclear freeze can’t be connected to the military drills between the ROK and the U.S.,” Moon said in comments made on a flight to Washington. "This is the official position of the South and the U.S."