Mar 1, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Report: U.S. to end large-scale military exercises with South Korea

U.S Marine Corps officers participate in military exercise.

U.S Marine Corps officers participate in a joint military exercise in South Korea. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The Trump administration is set to announce that it will end large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea, replacing them with some mission-specific training to ensure troop readiness, NBC News reports.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Dave Lawler: Experts worry that by stepping back from the exercises Trump is appeasing North Korea, undermining part of his leverage over Kim Jong-un, and weakening the U.S.-South Korea military alliance.

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