February 08, 2023

Citing improved inter-Korean relations, ROK suspends annual civil defense drills

Annual Ulchi exercise - set to take place next month - will be scrapped, interior ministry says

The South Korean government on Tuesday announced that it will suspend large-scale annual civil defense drills and independent military exercises.

South Korean Minister of the Interior and Safety Kim Boo-kyum said Seoul has “decided to tentatively suspend the government’s Ulchi exercise planned this year,” at a special news conference following the government's weekly cabinet meeting.