15:41 GMT04 August 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 30

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States and South Korea have canceled another round of military exercises to enable the diplomatic process with North Korea, the Pentagon said in a press release on Friday.

    "Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Minister of National Defence Jeong Kyeong-doo decided to suspend exercise Vigilant Ace to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue," the release said.

    The determination regarding the Vigilant Ace exercises was made with the participation of Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya who assured Tokio's commitment to regional security, the release said.

    READ MORE: Japan, North Korea Held Secret Talks in Mongolia in Early October — Reports

    The action follows President Donald Trump's decision to halt two other joint drills with South Korea earlier this year.

    Trump stressed that the "war games" had to be ceased during the negotiations with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, adding that the drills were "very expensive."

    However, the US continued to carry out joint drills in the region with Japan.


    Japan, US, S Korea to Work to Implement UN Sanctions on Pyongyang - Reports
    US-Built Helicopters for S Korea Turned Out to Have Faulty Radars - Reports
    South Korea's Moon Says US Troops Should Stay Even After Reunification
    S Korea's Moon Hopes US Will Resume Talks With North as Kim Ready for New Summit
    military drills, James Mattis, Donald Trump, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), United States, South Korea
    Community standardsDiscussion