President Trump offering to stop joint military exercises with South Korea is a huge mistake, infers James Stavridis of Time. These drills give the US army the readiness for war that is necessary to keep North Korea at bay. The regime has the fourth largest army in the world, with over a million soldiers. Additionally, Trump seemed to offer this huge concession without getting anything concrete in return. Reducing US military presence on the Korean peninsula could give North Korea dominance over the region, which also benefits its main ally, China. Trump’s words have already worried strategic partners. The joint exercises should continue.
To pursue peace, the US should consider ending its joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula, asserts John Merrill of Nikkei Asian Review. These drills continue to instill in North Korea's regime the idea that it is under an existential threat, which makes it hold on to nuclear weapons even tighter. It is important to remember that America destroyed many North Korean cities when the two countries went to war. Agreeing to mutual concessions in terms of military actions is the best way to lessen these tensions and work towards real peace. Past strategies, such as ignoring or isolating the regime haven’t worked. Lessening military maneuvers is a good strategy.