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Mattis discusses U.S.-South Korean exercises, Iran protests

Published by Big League Politics

By Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 — Joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises have been “deconflicted” with the Winter Olympics, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.

The secretary also discussed the demonstrations in Iran during an impromptu news conference with Pentagon reporters.

The military exercises in South Korea are needed to ensure U.S. and South Korean troops can work together in the event North Korea comes across the 39th parallel again. Still, the Olympics in Pyeongchang are the biggest event that South Korea will host this year. The games are Feb. 9 through Feb. 25, and are followed by the Paralympic Games, March 8 through 18.

“Exercises are not just done on military bases in defense of [South Korea],” Mattis told reporters. […]

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January 5, 2018


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