"The party chairman stated the principle that it is correct to hold the South Korea-U.S. combined exercises within a broad framework, and that is the party's position," said Park, chief policymaker of the ruling Democratic Party.
A day earlier, five-term D.P. Rep. Sul Hoon called for postponing the drills in light of last week's restoration of inter-Korean communication lines.
The suggestion came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Yo-jong, warned that the allied exercises could hurt inter-Korean ties.
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