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Decision on U.S.-Korea joint exercises coming by December

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures while speaking at the U.S. Marshals Service 37th Director’s Honorary Awards Ceremony, at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures while speaking at the U.S. Marshals Service 37th Director’s Honorary Awards Ceremony, at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The U.S. and South Korea are reviewing whether they will conduct large-scale military exercises next year and will decide before December.

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon that if more exercises are suspended the two countries will conduct other training to mitigate the lapse. He says the review will be done by Nov. 15.

Three major joint military drills were scrapped this year as part of a broader effort to push for diplomatic progress with North Korea.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is not yet concerned about a loss of combat capability. He says they may have to make changes to make sure those capabilities aren’t eroded, but so far it is not a worry.

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