Pentagon chief: Restoring drills with South Korea not necessary

Pentagon chief: Restoring drills with South Korea not necessary

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanDefense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall Why Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary MORE said Sunday he doesn't think it's necessary to resume major joint military exercises with South Korea at this time, according to a Reuters report

The exercises were suspended last year amid talks between President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump must regain his advantage over Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Harris accuses Trump of being 'punked' by North Korea MORE.

Despite negotiations between North Korea stalling, Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to Seoul that resuming joint exercises is not necessary because troops on the Korean peninsula already possess the required military readiness, according to Reuters. 

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Shanahan added that he'd have more to say Monday after discussion with South Korean officials, according to Reuters. 

The decision to suspend the joint exercises was met with confusion and disapproval by many U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Trump defended it again in March, following his failed two-day summit in Vietnam with Kim.