'Wait and see' re: Korea

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Mark Esper with S. Korean officialA national defense analyst is skeptical that the Pentagon's decision to indefinitely postpone joint military exercises with South Korea was the right call.

Earlier this week, the North Korea foreign ministry responded to President Trump's tweet suggesting another U.S.-North Korea Summit. The president hoped that postponing the annual joint exercises as an "act of good will" would get the rogue nation back to the negotiating table, but Pyongyang responded by saying dictator Kim Jong Un had no interest in giving Mr. Trump further meetings unless he gets something substantial in return.

Robert Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army colonel who authored Progressive Evil, says postponing the joint exercises was clearly a risky move.

"There are risks every single time we deal with a rogue regime like that," he asserts. "They'll try to play out their best interests, and we'll have to wait and see what happens. I'm skeptical, but I understand why they did it." 

Maginnis

Maginnis says the training is essentially in maintaining readiness.

"To use all these sophisticated systems and to aggressively go after the enemy -- I doubt that the North Koreans would stop their military exercises, much less their missiles launches and their nuclear program out of good will," the analyst offers.

Maginnis adds that the postponement of military exercises is insufficient for the North Korean dictator.

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