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South Korea military exercises officially suspended

21 June, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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According to VOA, last year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian went on for 11 days in August and involved about 17,500 USA troops.

Trump made the announcement last week at a press conference following his meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "We are still coordinating additional actions", said White.

The United States and South Korea have agreed to suspend a joint military exercise scheduled for August, South Korean and USA officials said on Monday, following President Donald Trump's pledge to end "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week.

US and South Korean forces have been training together for years, and routinely rehearse everything from beach landings to an invasion from the North, or even "decapitation" strikes targeting the North Korean regime.

"This will bring huge economic benefits to the South and the North as well as Russia", South Korean Leader President Moon Jae-In said.

Moon made the remark during an interview with Russian media ahead of his state visit Thursday to Moscow for a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the presidential Blue House of South Korea.

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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Trump's decision to suspend the exercises, coupled with the vague joint statement issued after his summit with Kim, have reinforced fears in South Korea that the North is attempting to take advantage of a USA president who appears to care less about the traditional alliance than his predecessors.

"There is no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean Peninsula". Significant lobbying is also underway by South Korean entrepreneurs to restart the inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea's Kaesong - whose operations were halted by Seoul amid military tensions in 2016. North Korea's army said such a plan would be the "height of hostile acts" and its weapons were ready to fire.

A U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter flies over armored vehicles, during a U.S.

US and South Korean defense officials formally suspended a major joint military exercise in hopes of advancing nuclear negotiations with North Korea. "We would of course be rooting for the South, even when inter-Korean relations are frosty", said Hong.

In response to the joint drill suspension, North Korea is expected to destroy an engine test site for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The exercise was scheduled for August and is among the major alliance exercises each year, along with the springtime Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercises, that North Korea protests.

Trump tweeted Monday that "if President Obama.had gotten along with North Korea" and taken steps toward peace "the Fake News would have named him a national hero!" "I think what is left now is how completely and swiftly we implement such a wonderful agreement", he said.

Trump also said that halting the drills is reasonable as they are "tremendously expensive" and "provocative" in an announcement that took Washington's security allies in Asia and some US defense officials and experts by surprise.


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