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Cancellation of joint exercises on the Korean peninsula has fanned worries by national security experts and lawmakers that U.S. forces and their South Korean allies are ill prepared to handle a crisis or conflict orchestrated by North Korea.
By Shawn Snow and Diana Stancy Correll
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Sunday that so far he sees no need to restore large-scale military exercises with South Korea that have been curtailed over the past year as a diplomatic olive branch to North Korea.
By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
Replacing large-scale exercises in South Korea with smaller training iterations was a prudent action to support diplomacy, the top U.S. commander in South Korea said Wednesday.
By Kyle Rempfer
Talks have lessened U.S.-North Korea tension, but Pyongyang hasn't shown verifiable denuclearization, U.S. military officials say.
By Joe Gould