Military Capabilities

Trump summit offer to forego exercises causes concern

13 June 2018

US lawmakers and analysts have expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s concession to suspend military exercises on or around the Korea Peninsula, which was made during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The exercises are annual training and alliance-building events. One of the biggest and most important is ‘Foal Eagle’, which involves a heavy naval component touted by US Navy (USN) officials as an opportunity for the maritime forces to hone their skills in a regionally unique set of drills.

“I am concerned that the outcome of President Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un appears to concede US military readiness in exchange for a vague open-ended de-nuclearisation pledge from North Korea, plus additional talks,” US House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Washington) said in a statement on 12 June.

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