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Pentagon officially suspends August “war game” with South Korea

 North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Pentagon said Monday that it has officially “suspended all planning" for a “war game” (joint military exercise) with South Korea that was initially scheduled for August.

The backdrop: The expected move comes a week after President Trump vowed to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he would do so. Trump also characterized the exercises as "provocative,” language that undermines the Pentagon's longtime claim that they are purely "defensive" and not a threat to North Korea.