September 26, 2023

U.S., South Korea agree to end Freedom Guardian joint military drill

Exercise previously took place every August, was canceled last year amid diplomatic détente

South Korea and the U.S. on Monday agreed to bring an end to the "Freedom Guardian" joint military exercises, first put on hold last year as part of efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula. 

The announcement followed a meeting between U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan and South Korean Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul -- their second bilateral meeting.