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The U.S. Just Canceled War Drills Off the Korean Peninsula During the Olympics

TOPSHOT - This picture taken on December 12, 2017 shows a South Korean worker setting up a cable at the Olympic Stadium, the venue of the opening and closing ceremony for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in Pyeongchang.
Holding the Winter Olympics in a little-known corner of South Korea was never an easy proposition, but a ban on Russia and the latent threat of nuclear war have left the hosts hoping that things can only get better. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je / TO GO WITH AFP STORY OLY-2018-IOC-KOR,FOCUS BY PARK CHAN-KYONG (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The following is an excerpt from W.J. HENNIGAN | January 4, 2018 | Time.com |

With hundreds of thousands of people headed to eastern South Korea for this year’s Olympics amid a tense nuclear standoff, the U.S. and South Korea agreed it was a good idea to delay regular war drills until after the winter games were over.

The PyeongChang Olympic Games, set for Feb. 9 to 25 followed by the Paralympics from March 8 to 18, will take place in a mountainous, snow-blanketed region of South Korea located about 50 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone, a heavily fortified border area where North and South Korean troops maintain a constant presence in a tense stand-off.

President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In decided Thursday in a phone call to put off the two-month-long military exercise, dubbed Foal Eagle, which involves air, sea and special operations drills. North Korea considers the annual event to be a threat and prelude for war.

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