S. Korean group visits N. Korea to prepare to open liaison office

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

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

Donald Trump first announced that he planned to suspend military exercises with South Korea during the nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

President Trump surprised officials in Seoul, South Korea, and Washington when he pledged to end "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore last week.

"South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August", South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement. It is a combination of Focus Lens exercise led by the United Nations Command since 1954 and S. Korea's Ulchi exercise that was launched after N. Korea's infiltration on the Blue House on January 21, 1968.

Experts assess that any steps made to wither the US-South Korean alliance could precipitate the decline of the US as a power in Asia, and then the world.

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The former senior official of the South Korean government believes that Pyongyang will "raise reduction of the US military presence in South Korea as the next step", while trying to "extend the suspension of the joint exercises". "Plus, I think it's very provocative", he said, using language that the Pentagon has in the past made efforts to avoid.

Activists place an unofficial unified Korea flag on a wall in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea building in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 2018, where Korean-Americans and their supporters gathered in a call for peace and a formal end to the Korean War, replacing the 1953 armistice with a permanent peace treaty, ahead of the June 12 summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea FREDERIC J.

"And, so we want India to continue to persuade North Korea to recalculate its strategy to make a decision to change its course to denuclearisation", Ms Park said.

She spoke after the US and South Korea announced that the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills slated for August have been called off.

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

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills have taken place annually for more than 40 years.

-South Korea joint military drills. "They could quickly come back should we see the dialogue momentum losing speed or North Korea not living up to its denuclearization commitment", said Foreign Minister Kang.

White added the defense secretary, secretary of state and the national security advisor will hold a meeting at the Pentagon later this week to discuss the issue. "And South Korea contributes, but not 100 percent, which is certainly a subject we have to talk to them about". And the countries are the most important partners to each other.

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USA army personnel and multiple launch rocket systems participate in a defense exercise at the Mugeon-ri drill field near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, June 19, 2018. Last week, Russian energy major Gazprom announced it resumed talks with Seoul over the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Russia with North and South Korea.

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