US, South Korea agree to suspend joint military drill

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Shortly after the US and South Korean militaries formally announced the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises slated for August had been called off, Seoul's Defense Ministry said the decision was necessary to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea.

As for subsequent military drills, the spokesperson said, "We are still coordinating additional actions".

In announcing his decision, Trump said suspending the "provocative" war games would "save us a tremendous amount of money".

A week after President Donald Trump's surprise announcement about ending "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, the Pentagon and South Korea confirmed Monday that they had called off a major annual military exercise slated to take place in August. Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, calls the joint drills and the USA troops stationed in South Korea the core of the alliance between the two countries.

Joint exercises with Japan and other countries in the Pacific would continue.

Since his announcement after the Singapore summit, Trump has implied that U.S. Without the guns in place, it's likely the United States or South Korea would have staged an invasion in place at some point during the decades-long military standoff.

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Pompeo, who has stressed that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea's complete denuclearisation, said he plans to meet Kim for follow-up talks. North Korea has always portrayed the exercises as rehearsals for invading the country, but the US and South Korea have not, until Trump's words, called the exercises a provocation.

"Soccer is highly cherished as a sport that boosts solidarity and collectivity, which are crucial elements in North Korean society", said one defector.

South Korean negotiators have also called for North Korea to pull back the thousands of missiles and rocket launchers that threaten Seoul, but North Korea has not commented on that request.

The South Korean leader said the DPRK-U.S. summit was a "great success" that was greater than he had expected, and Pyongyang and Washington had made a grand historical achievement. Also participating were troops from nations that contributed forces during the 1950-53 Korean War, including Australia, Britain, Canada and Colombia.

South Korea and Japan are both market economies, democracies and United States allies, and both are threatened by nuclear-armed North Korea, but their relationship is heavily strained by historical and territorial issues.

India had welcomed the United States-Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) Summit as a "positive development", saying it has "always supported all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy".

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