South Korea, US seek alternative to joint air exercises
South Korea's defense chief said on Monday that Seoul supports the US decision to suspend their major allied air combat training, seeking alternative ways to bolster the allied defense posture.
In a Singapore meeting with Defense Minister JeongKyeong-doo earlier this year, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis proposed indefinitely postponing the massive Vigilant ACE joint air exercise that was slated for December.
It was aimed at helping move forward denuclearization talks with North Korea and reducing the defense budget. The annual Vigilant ACE involves the participation of hundreds of aircraft, including advanced fighter jets.