North Korea, Under Sanctions Strain, Dials Back Military Exercises

WSJ | Jan. 29, 2018

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Michael R. Gordon and Jonathan Cheng

North Korea’s armed forces have scaled back their annual winter military exercises this year, U.S. officials said, a development they believe reflects growing pressure from international sanctions on the isolated nation’s economy and its military preparedness.

The North Korean maneuvers, which typically run from December through March, were slow in getting started and are less extensive than usual, according to American officials familiar with intelligence reports and experts outside the government.

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