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Moon dismisses Abe's call to resume US-S. Korea drills

IANS  |  Seoul 

South Korean dismissed a call by Japanese to quickly resume the US-joint military exercises, an said on Saturday.

The unnamed of South Korea's presidential was quoted as saying that Abe told Moon on Friday that it was not a right time to delay the annual joint military drills between and the US.

Abe said it would be important to conduct the US-joint war games, codenamed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, as scheduled, cited the as saying.

The Japanese visited South Korea for the opening ceremony of the 23rd at the country's east county of

In response, Moon said it was a matter of South Korea's sovereignty and its domestic affairs, noting it would not be appropriate for Abe to directly mention the issue.

Moon and US agreed via a on January 4 to postpone the joint annual war games during and Paralympic Games set to run from February to March.

The South Korean has been seeking to maintain a dialogue mood between the two Koreas by making the "a peace Olympic".

dispatched about 400 people, including 22 athletes, 140 artists and a cheering squad, to the South Korea-hosted winter sports event.

North Korean leader invited Moon to visit The invitation was delivered through his younger sister who met Moon at the presidential palace.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:18 IST