There is "no reason at this time" to spend large amounts of money on the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, the White House said Wednesday in a statement tweeted by President Trump.
The White House statement comes after Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Tuesday there are "no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises," a seeming reversal of the administration's policy after June negotiations with North Korea in Singapore. Mattis seemed to step back from that comment Wednesday, saying in a statement that "no decisions have been made about suspending any future exercises."
The decision to suspend the military exercises, sometimes called "war games," was a result of negotiations between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June. The move was criticized as an unnecessary concession by some.
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Mr. Trump released the statement Wednesday in a series of tweets, noting the "president believes that his relationship with Kim Jong Un is a very good and warm one," and that the "president can instantly start the joint exercises again with South Korea, and Japan, if he so chooses."
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