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 ShanahanWhy Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary Five questions for Trump's new defense secretary on first major tour Trump says media is part of vetting his nominees: 'We save a lot of money that way' 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 TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump on North Korean projectile launches: Kim 'likes testing missiles' North Korea fires two more projectiles into sea Biden blasts Trump's 'embarrassing' actions heading into G-7 summit 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.