S Korea, U.S. to delay joint military drills

16:02, June 04, 2010      

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South Korea and the United States have decided to put off their joint military drills in tense waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula due to lack of preparation, local media reported Friday, citing a defense ministry official.

The two allies were originally scheduled to stage a four-day drill early next week, as part of the response to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s alleged sinking of a South Korean warship in late March that killed 46 sailors.

The naval exercise will be put on hold until mid-June, and a separate anti-submarine drill will also be held at the end of the month or in early July, Seoul's Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the deputy defense minister Chang Kawng-il.

Meanwhile, South Korea's defense chief Kim Tae-young is scheduled to meet with his U.S. counterpart Robert Gates later Friday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific security conference in Singapore to discuss the warship sinking.

Source: Xinhua


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