SKorea says USA drills suspended to aid talks with North

Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W. White pauses while speaking during a media availability at the Pentagon in Washington

Hence, former foreign-policy officials from both the Bush and Obama administrations panned Trump's summit performance and characterized Trump's suspension of the exercise as "astonishing". -South Korea military exercises.

In the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills previous year, over 50,000 South Korean armed forces participated, while the practice is mainly focused on the computerized simulations instead of live field practices using weapons, aircrafts and tanks.

The announcement to cancel major exercises set off a series of hurried top-level consultations between US and South Korean officials, including between Mr. Mattis and his South Korean counterpart. Yonhap said, however, that some joint training would continue. "But it is a surprise to me that the United States would consider this an appealing point to concede on because it is 100% what Russian Federation and China have been pushing on our senior leadership and we've pushed back and said that it's not appropriate". Mr. Mattis and other officials have worked to dissuade Mr. Trump from removing the 28,500 USA troops in South Korea and the president said in Singapore that he had no immediate plans to withdraw them.

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

Trump had not informed the South Korean government or the United States military of his decision, which contradicted both countries' belief that the drills are purely defensive in nature and essential preparation for a possible North Korean attack. Last November, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, "A lot of countries like to talk about this idea of a freeze for freeze, but that's just not going to work..."

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North Korea is estimated to have thousands massive artillery guns hidden in hardened shelters among the hills and mountains of the country's rugged terrain. They believed that Trump gave up too much too soon.

However, in a sign Seoul may be open to suspending drills, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday his government would need to be flexible when it came to applying military pressure on North Korea if it was honest about denuclearization. He supports increased discussion with North Korea.

"It is not the first time that the allies have made a decision to suspend their exercises".

He called US-South Korean exercises "important pillars" to maintaining regional peace and stability.

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Last week's Trump-Kim summit produced only a vague statement in which Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

Tuesday saw the South Korean presidential spokesperson say Seoul could also conduct the government-led drills while adapting them to suit the changing circumstances. No doubt, China has always been a pivotal player in any negotiations with North Korea, given China's substantial economic and political leverage over its neighbor.

The exercises were part of a defensive strategy to prepare troops for a possible attack from North Korea.

The South Korean diplomat had a phone conversation earlier in the day with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He said sanctions will stay in place until the denuclearization process begins. "I want to bring our soldiers back home", Trump said after the June 12 summit.

It has been reported that South Korea's Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation envisions three economic belts that would link the country's industrial heartland with the North, and then with China and Russian Federation.

Both Trump and President Moon are testing that possibility, their supporters say.

In foreign policy, both South Korea and Japan are USA allies and view North Korea as a common enemy; however, their bilateral relations remain heavily strained over historical and territorial rows.

Sports officials from the rival Koreas met at a border village yesterday to discuss how to cooperate in the upcoming Asian Games.

They also are making efforts to organize reunions in August for families that have been separated since the division of Korea at the end of World War II.

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