United States and South Korea to Curtail Military Drills

The U.S. and South Korea will formally announce the suspension of "large-scale" military exercises this coming week, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Sunday. While routine training is expected to continue, this will put an end to the "provocative, inappropriate, and expensive" war games President Trump promised to stop during his recent negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The suspension will likely specify conditions under which the exercises would resume if Kim fails to meet his obligations in the denuclearization process. Trump confirmed the pending announcement on Twitter Sunday.

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think the U.S. and South Korea made this decision?
  • Do you agree with the decision? Why or why not?
  • Do you think this will be long-lasting? Why or why not?