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South Korea downplays Pentagon plan to restart joint drills

Guy Taylor The Washington TimesAugust 29, 2018

South Korean officials on Wednesday downplayed the Pentagon’s announcement that it will move ahead with future U.S.-South Korea military exercises amid concern that a suspension of the drills in recent months has done little to inspire North Korea to denuclearize.

A spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said U.S. officials have yet to work with their South Korean counterparts on whether to resume or continue to suspend the drills, which President Trump halted in June as a show of “good faith” in talks with North Korea.

“As of now, the issue has not been discussed between South Korea and the United States,” Kim Eui-kyeon, a spokesman from the Seoul’s presidential office told reporters during a daily press briefing Wednesday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

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