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S.Korea to unveil schedules for military drills with U.S. next week

English.news.cn   2014-02-07 11:53:03

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- South Korea planned to unveil detailed schedules for joint military exercises with the United States next week, while notifying the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of the schedules in the near term, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

Defense Ministry deputy spokesman Wi Yong-seop told a routine press briefing that South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command will announce the schedules early next week, saying that the DPRK will be informed of it via the United Nations Command, which oversees the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

Seoul and Washington tended to conduct the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle war games from late February to April, which Pyongyang has denounced as the rehearsal for a northward invasion.

The DPRK on Thursday urged South Korea to cancel the scheduled military exercises with the U.S., warning that it may reconsider holding the reunion of families separated by the Korean War.

The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to stage the family reunion from Feb. 20 to 25 at the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.

On Wednesday when Seoul and Pyongyang held talks to sort out details on the reunion, U.S. Air Force's nuclear-capable B-52 bomber flied over western seas in South Korea, causing strong backlash from the DPRK.

The B-52 bomber, which was sent to the Korean Peninsula during last year's joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington, served as an American nuclear umbrella for South Korea as it can fly more than 6,400 km with air-to-land nuclear missiles loaded.

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S. Korea sends technicians to repair reunion facilities

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Friday dispatched a group of technicians to the Mount Kumgang resort, in the southeast coast of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to repair facilities for the family reunion. Full story

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