U.S., South Korea suspend August military drills

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"We have made clear this is a goodwill gesture to strengthen dialog momentum".

During last year's Ulchi exercises, North Korea fired a powerful new intermediate-range missile over Japan in what its state media described as a "muscle-flexing" countermeasure to the drills.

"Our stance is that the sanctions must remain in place until North Korea takes meaningful, substantive steps towards denuclearisation", Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters. Pyongyang has long seen these war games as an invasion rehearsal, it was a bone of contention for North Korea.

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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 U.S. troops.

South Korean K-55 self-propelled howitzers artillery relocate after participating in a defense exercise at the Mugeon-ri drill field near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 19 June 2018.

Both South Korea and the USA have said a peace treaty is possible only if North Korea agrees to give up its nuclear arsenal. The UFG joint military drill held every August is a major command post exercise in the form of a computer-simulated war game based on a scenario of an all-out war with North Korea.

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Experts said South Korea and the USA need to hold regular drills to prepare their commanders, who change periodically, to work together smoothly in crisis situations and respond to North Korea's evolving military threats and other factors such as changes in the deployment of US strategic assets.

At the unprecedented summit between the North and the US in Singapore last week, US President Donald Trump showed Pyongyang's Kim Jong Un a video showing the North transformed by economic growth. Roughly 28,000 United States troops are stationed in South Korea as a deterrent measure.

His announcement appeared to come as a surprise to both the United States military and Seoul, and was not written in the official agreement signed between Trump and Kim on June 12.

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A South Korean civic group devoted to commemorating the first-ever inter-Korean summit on June 15, 2000, pose for a photo before leaving for North Korea on Wednesday. "We are still coordinating additional actions". "There are confidence building measures and the suspension of the military exercises is one such good faith measure", said Kang. Add South Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest South Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. They were asked about the Panmunjom declaration, adopted at the inter-Korean summit in April, which says the 2 Koreas will work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The good news? A United States plan for North Korean denuclearization does, indeed, exist.

The two parties are expected to continue discussions on the issue of denuclearization.

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