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Seoul-Washington suspension of war games a constructive gesture, but more needs to be done

January 5, 2018
By Zhu Dongyang

Coming on the heels of the re-opening of a communication channel between the two Koreas, Washington and Seoul on Thursday agreed not to conduct any joint military drill until after the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. This is apparently a constructive gesture in line with the international call for stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula. However, considering the unprecedented level of tensions there and the aggravated mutual rancor between Pyongyang and Washington, more reconciliatory efforts are needed to change the overall bleak mood in the region.
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