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Defense Secretary Mattis hints at resuming U.S.-ROK joint military drills

NHK reported this morning that Secretary of Defense Mattis hinted at the possibility of resuming the joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea that were suspended following the U.S.-DPRK summit in Singapore. The network showed the Secretary telling reporters on Tuesday: “As you know, we took the step to suspend several of the largest exercises as a good faith measure coming out of the Singapore summit. We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises.” According to the network, the Secretary also said he will discuss the timing with the State Department. Noting that President Trump suddenly canceled Secretary Pompeo’s planned visit to Pyongyang, the network opined that there is growing skepticism in the U.S. about whether North Korea will actually denuclearize. The network speculated that Secretary Mattis’s remarks were a warning to the North that military drills might be resumed since the U.S.-DPRK talks are facing difficulties.

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