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Mac Thornberry Backs Trump Pledge to Stop US-SKorean Drills

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Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018 06:16 PM

The chair of the House Armed Services Committee agrees with President Donald Trump's pledge to temporarily halt U.S.-South Korea military drills as talks with North Korea continue.

"You've got to give these negotiations every opportunity to succeed," The Hill reported Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, as saying Wednesday.

"This is an opportunity to hold their feet to the fire and see if they, North Korea, are serious about this."

After Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the historic Singapore summit this week, he said the prospects of North Korea abandoning its nuclear program look promising. He said because of the discussions, the U.S. will not participate in joint military drills with South Korea for the time being.

Thornberry said the biannual drills are held in March and August.

"I think the thing that would be suspended, as long as the negotiations are making progress, would be those big joint exercises, so the next one would be roughly August timeframe," he said.

Trump and Kim signed a document that indicated their intentions moving forward, which include North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons. The summit occurred after the two leaders spent months taunting each other. North Korea has threatened to attack the U.S. and its allies on multiple occasions.

A U.S. military spokesperson said Tuesday the military did not receive any guidance regarding the drill stoppage.

The Associated Press reported that Trump's call to end the "war games" stunned the region. The president also expressed an interest to eventually send home all 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, although that was not discussed during his meeting with Kim.

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President Donald Trump's pledge to temporarily halt U.S.-South Korea military drills as talks with North Korea continue has the personal approval of the chair of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.
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