Suspending Korea exercises caused slight dip in readiness: U.S. general

FILE PHOTO: South Korean Army K1A1 tanks fire live rounds during a U.S.-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise at a training field, near the demilitarized zone, separating the two Koreas in Pocheon, South Korea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s nominee to be the next commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said on Tuesday that a decision to suspend some joint exercises between South Korea and the United States was a “prudent risk” but had caused a “slight degradation” in military readiness.

President Donald Trump caught many U.S. officials off guard earlier this year when he announced after an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the United States was suspending the summer’s joint military drills with South Korea.

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