South Korea asks U.S. to delay winter exercises until after Olympics

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The South Korean government has made an appeal to the United States, requesting that both sides hold off on their annual military exercises until after the Winter Olympics in February.

Officials in Seoul think it would be best to hold off on the games so as not to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and thus risk an attack on the Games.

Delaying the huge exercises would be a considerable olive branch to Pyongyang and underscores Seoul’s concern that North Korea might try to interfere with the Winter Games, which are due to be held just 50 miles south of the border between the two Koreas starting Feb. 9.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has raised concerns about the safety of American athletes at the Games, although the White House later said that they would attend.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he had asked the U.S. military to postpone joint military exercises until after the Olympics, and the American command in Seoul said it was considering the request. [source]

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