President Trump Tuesday announced that the United States and South Korea will no longer stage war games.
From comments during a press conference in Singapore after his meeting with Kim Jong-un:
We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should. But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.
I don’t understand this up-front concession. The war games are not just “games.” They serve a purpose, which is to maintain readiness in order to deter and potentially respond to a North Korean conventional attack. They have nothing to do with the nuclear weapons. The conventional threat, which is significant to say the least, will remain even if North Korea dumped all its nuclear weapons into the Pacific tomorrow.
Also, it costs North Korea money too. And it will cost us a lot more if we have to respond to North Korea and are not prepared.