President Moon Jae-in is calling for numerous elements to be considered when consulting with the U.S. on the joint drills.
Meeting Wednesday with military commanders, defense chief Suh Wook said a decision will be made. that takes into account the reality of the situation such as COVID-19, adding Seoul is in talks with health authorities as well.
North Korea has warned that proceeding with the exercise would cloud cross-border ties.
South Korea's intel agency says the warning could be an indication of the North's willingness to take corresponding action.
However, according to the top office, its stance on the drills hasn't changed.