The news comes on the heels of the recent DPRK-US Summit in Hanoi. According to the Yonhap news agency, a permanent end to the annual joint US-South Korean military maneuvers near the Korean Peninsula could facilitate a much-anticipated denuclearization by North Korea, ONA reports quoting Sputnik.
The US Department of Defense confirmed Saturday the permanent end of two major joint exercises, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle.
"Following close coordination, both sides decided to conclude the KEY RESOLVE and FOAL EAGLE series of exercises", the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in a readout of a phone call between US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo.
According to Yonhap, the allies agreed to maintain robust military readiness through new command post exercises.