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International relations

US and South Korea put off military drills until after Olympics

Trump agrees to Moon's bid to encourage North-South dialogue

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korea agreed Thursday not to hold joint military exercises during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in an apparent attempt to defuse tensions as the South prepares for possible dialogue with North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, promised during a roughly 30-minute telephone call to do everything possible to see that the games starting in February are carried out successfully, Seoul's presidential Blue House said in a statement.

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