A threat from North Korea postpones Seoul’s amphibious exercises
SEOUL, (BM) – South Korea has decided to postpone the maritime military exercises scheduled for this week. The official reason is that there are adverse weather conditions, but many think that this is to avoid new angry criticisms of North Korea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Italia’s Analisi Difese news agency.
The army, air force and navy had scheduled their exercises today off the south-east coast of the country, in the Uljin area, where ballistic missiles, ships and fighter planes would be deployed.
Similar exercises are held twice a year. Those of today have been suspended. Choi Hyun-soo, a spokesman for the Ministry of Armed Forces, explained that the reason is “weather conditions”. But many media outlets said the decision had to do with Northern reactions to the exercises held earlier this month.
On that occasion, the Ministry of the Armed Forces of the People of the North issued a statement in which the exercises were judged “a serious provocation” which required “a necessary reaction on our part”.
According to the local newspaper “Chosun Ilbo”, after that statement, the office of President Moon Jae-in strongly criticized the high military positions. Choi has asked the media not to spread “distorted” news, which causes “unnecessary security fears” and injures public confidence in the military.
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