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US to end suspension of military drills, amid North Korea tensions

AFP | Updated on: 28 Aug 2018, 09:06:37 PM
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (Photo- Twitter/@SpaceCorpsUS)


The United States will end its suspension of military drills on the Korean peninsula, a move that had been decided as a “good faith” measure following President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

“We took the step to suspend several of the largest military exercises as a good faith measure,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters. “We have no plans to suspend anymore.”

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Mattis, however, did not give any indication that exercises with allied forces in the region—which have angered Pyongyang in the past—would resume any time soon.

“We are not turning them back on,” Mattis said. “We are going to see how the negotiations go and then we’ll see.”

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First Published : 28 Aug 2018, 09:06:27 PM