Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that no decision has been made about the future of U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
The official statement from the Pentagon’s press office came a day after Mattis made several comments during a rare press conference that seemed to indicate the exercises would be resumed as talks with North Korea over its nuclear arsenal hit turbulence.
“The Department of Defense suspended three individual military exercises in order to provide space for our diplomats to negotiate the verifiable, irreversible, and complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Mattis said in the new statement. “Our military posture has not changed since the conclusion of the Singapore summit and no decisions have been made about suspending any future exercises.”
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