US And South Korea Agree To Suspend Joint Military Exercise

Xi urged Kim to call for a halt to US-S. Korean military drills:The Asahi Shimbun

Xi urged Kim to call for a halt to US-S. Korean military drills:The Asahi Shimbun

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South Korea and the United States are likely to announce the suspension of the large-scale combined military drill this week amid talks with North Korea, global media reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China on Tuesday (Jun 19) and Wednesday, state broadcaster CCTV said, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump.

A South Korean soldier aims his machine gun during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian in Seoul, South Korea, August 18, 2014.

At that time, Kim also expressed his desire to have successful talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during an unprecedented summit in Singapore, which was held on June 12.

Officials then confirmed that no call had happened at all between Trump and North Korea. South Korea and the Pentagon announced they would halt the annual Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August.

"Secretary of State Pompeo has the will to push ahead with [negotiations] at a very fast speed", said Ms. Kang, who was personally briefed by Mr. Pompeo on the situation after the Singapore summit last week.

The Pentagon has typically avoided describing the joint exercises as "war games" and has previously insisted they are not provocative because they are exclusively for defensive purposes.


Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

The announcement took South Korea by surprise, leaving it with a task to figure out Trump's exact intention.

The other major USA exercises with South Korea - Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - took place earlier this spring.

But Trump still needs to overcome public sentiment that the U.S.

The comments come just days after China's foreign ministry suggested that the UN Security Council could consider easing the economic punishment of its Cold War-era ally.

Amid fears the summit would weaken the global coalition against the North's nuclear programme, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed after the meeting that sanctions would remain in place until North Korea's complete denuclearisation.

"The United States is in a position to keep its commitment to its allied nations' defense and our understanding is there is no change to the U.S. commitment to the Japan-U.S. alliance and the structure of American troops stationed in Japan", Suga said in a regular briefing.

"Just past year, we were talking about the sheer number of ballistic missile launches the DPRK conducted and whether they were going to conduct yet another nuclear test", Mr. Lim said.

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