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US military in Korea says no guidance on cancelling war games

The military says it will continue with the current posture until it receives updated guidance from the Department of Defense.

FILE: In this January 2016 US Air Force handout photo, a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducts a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to provocative action by North Korea. Picture: AFP.

SEOUL - US military forces in Korea have not received any direction to cease joint military drills, a spokesman said on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said war games would be ended amid talks with North Korea.

“USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall’s schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian,” US Forces in Korea lieutenant-colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.

“In coordination with our ROK partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense and/or Indo-Pacific Command.”

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