Seoul and Washington are reportedly considering delaying annual joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics in a bid to stave off provocative actions by North Korea during the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea.

Media reports said the South had asked for the delay in the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises until after the Paralympics wrap up on March 18. The Financial Times, citing people familiar with the situation, said the U.S. was likely to accept the request.

Asked about the report, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Pacific Command, said talks about the schedule for the exercise were presently being conducted.