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U.S. Suspends Another Military Exercise to Help With North Korea Talks

  • Pompeo sees second Trump-Kim summit in ‘very near future’
  • Defense chief Mattis has said no plans to suspend more drills
U.S. soldiers during a training exercise between the U.S. Army and the South Korean army in South Korea, 2017.
U.S. soldiers during a training exercise between the U.S. Army and the South Korean army in South Korea, 2017.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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The U.S. is suspending another military exercise with South Korea to aid negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program that President Donald Trump has said should “soon” result in another summit with Kim Jong Un.

The annual drill, known as Vigilant Ace, was suspended “to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Friday in an emailed statement. Defense ministers from the U.S. and South Korea “are committed to modifying training exercises to ensure the readiness of our forces. They pledged to maintain close coordination and evaluate future exercises.”