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US-South Korea military training scale-back likely due to coronavirus

13 troops are among 893 infection cases in South Korea

The new coronavirus is starting to impact on U.S. military activities in Asia, such as joint training with South Korea that may be scaled back.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. and South Korean militaries said on Monday they are considering scaling back joint training due to mounting concerns about the spreading coronavirus, in one of the first concrete signs of the virus' fallout on global U.S. military activities.

The disclosure came during a visit to the Pentagon by South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, who acknowledged following talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper that 13 South Korean troops had tested positive for the virus.

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