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Mattis: Military Exercises With South Korea Back On

After North Korea indicated to President Trump that it would continue its nuclear program, the Defense Secretary announced that the U.S. military would resume training exercises on the Korean peninsula.

By NTK Staff | 08.28.2018 @11:06am

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, at a press conference on Tuesday, announced that the United States would not suspend any more military exercises with South Korea, following indications that North Korea would not end their nuclear program.

The United States previously ended its major training exercises on the peninsula following the Singapore summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, “as a good faith measure,” according to Mattis. But a recent letter from Kim to Trump suggested that the North Korean regime would not pursue denuclearization as previously promised.

It appears that letter pushed Trump to end good faith measures.

“We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises,” Mattis told the press. “There is no discussion about further suspensions.”

The secretary dodged on when the next major exercise would take place, saying instead that smaller training sessions are ongoing. “We’re making no changes to the exercise program at this time,” he added.

NBC’s Hans Nichols tweeted that the statement could indicate that Spring exercises are back on.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also cancelled a scheduled visit to North Korea this week, after Trump received the letter.

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