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US Changing Large Military Exercises in South Korea After Trump Summit With Kim Jong-Un



South Korea and the United States have agreed to terminate two of the largest annual joint military exercises conducted in South Korea. In a statement, the Pentagon said the decision "reflected our desire to reduce tension and support our diplomatic efforts to achieve complete nuclear realization of the Korean Peninsula in a final, fully verified way." The announcement comes directly after a meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Trump broke suspended South Korean military exercises after the two leaders met in Singapore last year. North Korea opposes the exercises, calling them "US practices to invade North Korea" and "simulations for war." Trump has often complained about the high price of military exercises in the region, and said US Allies should pay more to the United States to defend them. Less common exercises are set to continue "per level," according to acting defense minister Patrick Shanahan.


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