Pentagon suspends another military exercise with South Korea amid nuclear negotiations
WASHINGTON — The United States and South Korea have canceled an annual air exercise scheduled for December, the Pentagon announced Friday, emphasizing ongoing diplomatic discussions with North Korea.
The Pentagon and South Korea’s military will not conduct Exercise Vigilant Ace as the two nations negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear program, said Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman. It’s at least the fourth military exercise that the nations have canceled since President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced he was suspending military “war games” on the peninsula after his June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
White, who was in Singapore on Friday with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for an annual meeting of top Asian defense officials, said Mattis and South Korean Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo agreed to suspend the upcoming exercise “to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue.”
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