US briefly suspended exercise after North Korean fire

Military guard posts of South Korea (bottom) and North Korea (top) stand opposite each other as seen from in the border city of Paju on August 21, 2015US forces briefly suspended exercises in South Korea on Thursday after North Korean artillery fired several rounds across the border, the Pentagon said Friday. Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear said US forces have since resumed scheduled joint exercises with the South Korean military, but remained in an “enhanced” state of readiness. “We suspended part of the exercise temporarily in order to allow our side to coordinate with the ROK (South Korea) side on the subject of the exchange of artillery fire across the DMZ,” said Shear, who is assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific security affairs.

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