Pentagon suspends Korea "war-game" planning for August

The U.S. military has “suspended all planning” for a joint military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August, the Pentagon announced today.

The move comes a week after President Donald Trump pledged to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he would halt joint “wargames” on the Korean peninsula, calling them “provocative.”

In a departure from the military’s usual language, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White referred to the exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, as a “defensive ‘wargame’” in her statement, parroting Trump’s earlier description.