Washington and Seoul Cancel August Military Exercise

Washington and Seoul Cancel August Military Exercise

Washington and Seoul Cancel August Military Exercise

Last week, Trump made the surprise announcement that the United States would halt "war games" with its South Korean security ally - without making clear when the freeze would begin. She was unwilling to provide a straightforward answer when asked whether there had been any discussions between the allies' militaries on suspending the drills before Trump's sudden announcement.

The Pentagon says it has formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from US President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a two-week exercise that consists predominantly of computer-simulated defense drills. "No decisions on subsequent wargames have been made", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said separately. The ministry also said that there was no decision yet regarding other allied training exercises.

South Korean military commentator Lee Illwoo described the halt as "temporarily pulling off the wheels of the alliance".

"Mr Pompeo shared with me his detailed plan going forward, but that of course requires consultation with the North Koreans ..."

North Korea is particularly sensitive to the involvement of nuclear-capable assets, including B-2 and B-52 bombers, and stealth fighters.

"Suspending drills once is unsafe because it causes a hole in our national security".

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A report by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim told Xi at a welcoming banquet on Tuesday that North Korea-China ties are developing into "unprecedentedly special relations".

A week removed from his unprecedented meeting with the North's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Un, Trump said the "Fake News" would have proclaimed Obama a "national hero" if he too had taken "the initial steps" that Trump made with Kim.

The Japanese government is arranging a meeting, to be held during the UN General Assembly gathering in September in NY, to discuss how to share the financing of North Korea's complete denuclearisation, government sources said on Tuesday. Other rewards that North Korea wants are an easing of global sanctions, establishment of diplomatic ties with the United States, and a reduction of USA troops in South Korea.

Moon said bilateral economic cooperation between South Korea and Russian Federation could expand into areas such as agriculture, fisheries, shipping ports and shipbuilding under what he defined as the "nine bridge economic cooperation", a concept he unveiled last September at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

"Trump has not many [negotiating] cards now", said Yang Uk of the Korea Defense and Security Forum.

The U.S. has about 28,500 troops in South Korea; the number fluctuates between 23,000 and 32,000.

South Korea expects a reciprocal action from North Korea to its recent decision to suspend U.S. Even previous year, few South Koreans publicly displayed security jitters, and civil defense drills were generally lax.

Soccer is one of the most popular sports among ordinary North Koreans, along with volleyball and table tennis, and they will most likely be watching South Korea's matches on television, according to the people who have fled to the South.

This year would be the first time for the military to delay its opening.

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