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A spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Salata, said the decision to suspend operations was made Tuesday by the Defense Department. He said he could not say exactly what prompted the decision.
"This presents a force protection issue for us, and we want to ensure the safest conditions for our recovery teams," he said. "North Korea has, over the last several weeks, created an atmosphere and an environment unconducive to the continued presence of American personnel in North Korea." He said he could not elaborate.