Jun 12, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Pence: "regular readiness training" to continue in South Korea

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Vice President Mike Pence told Senate Republicans during a lunch on Capitol Hill Tuesday that, while the U.S. is ending semiannual "war games" (joint military exercises) with South Korea, regular readiness training will continue.

Why it matters: Despite some claims to the contrary, Pence was not contradicting Trump's announcement. However, his comments did clarify that the decision to end military exercises, seen as a significant concession to North Korea, won't mean the administration is ending all exercises with Seoul. The confused reactions reflect the wider confusion over the details of Trump's agreement with Kim Jong-un.

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