North Korea

We’re Canceling Exercises in Korea Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We've seen this movie before and it hasn't even been that long.

Trump unilaterally canceled joint military exercises with South Korea earlier this early after his "summit" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Those exercises were un-canceled more recently because North Korea had not demonstrated any progress toward disarming, but now the exercises have been canceled again.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have suspended upcoming air defense exercises to give diplomatic efforts with North Korea “every opportunity to continue,” the U.S. military said on Friday.

The Pentagon said the decision to suspend Exercise Vigilant Ace, which had been scheduled for December, was taken by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean defense minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, who met in Singapore on Friday.

So, what has changed?

Well, Kim Jong-un sent Trump two letters and they "fell in love," but aside from that there have been no reports that North Korea has taken substantive steps toward disarming, like disclosing exactly how many weapons they have.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described his recent trip to North Korea as productive, but that's so vague I find it barely worth mentioning.

The foreign minister of North Korea recently spoke at the U.N. General Assembly where he said North Korea will never disarm unless the United States takes corresponding measures, but I doubt suspending military exercises is what he had in mind.

This whimsical back-and-forth could potentially continue forever and that may even be the goal for the North.

  • muselet

    Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

    In this case, though, I can’t decide whether stupidity adequately explains Donald Trump’s actions.

    Regardless, Kim Jong-un is playing Trump like a fiddle.


    • KanaW

      Every dictator plays Trump like a fiddle, sadly.

      All of them know that he will suck up to anyone with unilateral power. He’s terrified of going against them and losing, so he pretends to think they’re so great, as most bullies do. Or maybe even really does admire them, because they’re what he’d like to be.

      Who knows. All I know is that it makes me sick to my stomach.

  • 1933john

    True Love…
    And it isn’t even Spring!