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  • S. Korean, US Defense Ministers Discuss Joint Military Exercises
South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo seen holding a phone call with his U.S. counterpart on August 16, 2017.

South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo seen holding a phone call with his U.S. counterpart on August 16, 2017.

The defense ministers of South Korea and the U.S. have discussed the issue of joint military exercises, following U.S. President Donald Trump's recent remarks that he will stop "provocative war games."

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis held a 30-minute phone call last night regarding the possible suspension of joint military training, including the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in August.

Song was said to have noted the need for a "flexible change" to military pressures on the North, and reiterated President Moon Jae-in's recent statement about considering a suspension to the drills if Pyongyang implements denuclearization measures.

Seoul's defense ministry said they affirmed their iron-clad alliance and agreed to continuously strengthen efforts to provide defense support.■

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