Quoted: The Japan Times on Delaying U.S.-Korea Military Exercises

“I don’t have high expectations that a short, temporary delay in U.S.-Korea joint exercises for the Olympics will lead to any serious progress with North Korea,” said Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat specializing in the peninsula.
“The U.S. government doesn’t want to set the precedent that its legal, routine military exercises with an ally are equivalent to North Korean actions that violate international law and make the region less safe,” Oba said. “That probably means the United States will want to make clear that any delay is for the stability of the peninsula during the Olympics and resume the exercises as soon as possible.”



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