Pentagon suspends ‘war game’ with South Korea after Trump's meeting with Kim

Pentagon suspends ‘war game’ with South Korea after Trump's meeting with Kim

Pentagon suspends ‘war game’ with South Korea after Trump's meeting with Kim

Immediately after the remarks, U.S. forces in South Korea said they had received no guidance on stopping any drills, and South Korean officials said they were trying to figure out which exercises Trump was referring to. The next major drill, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is planned for the end of the summer.

But as the days went by, the USA and Seoul began discussions about temporarily suspending the large Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises that usually take place in August and possibly other joint drills while nuclear diplomacy with North Korea continues.

Roughly 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea as a deterrent measure.

During that period, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim met for the second time in a month at the truce village of Panmunjom and discussed ways to implement the declaration aimed at bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula that was issued after their first meeting on April 27. "Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!" he said. Last year, about 17,500 USA service members took part, as well as participants from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late last week the United States and North Korea will soon resume negotiations, possibly this week, and the U.S.

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White said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

The allied exercises are based on a series of joint contingency plans that delineate a series of procedures to handle a wide range of scenarios, such as a full-blown war triggered by attacks or invasion by the North.

Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who wrote on Twitter that Trump was being "truly delusional", noting that North Korea has "the same arsenal today as 48 hours ago".

Last year, 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops participated in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than live field exercises that use weapons, tanks or aircraft.

"The South Korean and the United States defense ministries would maintain close coordination to make sure there is no daylight in the combined forces' readiness posture", the ministry said.

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The Pentagon did not go beyond suspending the next exercise on Monday, saying that it is still coordinating additional actions and no decisions have been made on future exercises.

But Trump still needs to overcome public sentiment that the U.S.

The announcement took South Korea by surprise, leaving it with a task to figure out Trump's exact intention.

Earlier, Trump and Kim held a one-on-one meeting, which lasted about 48 minutes, as both top guns emerged from the meeting room, Trump expressed that the talks were "very, very good" and that he and Kim have an "excellent relationship".

The U.S. and South Korea regularly have held major joint exercises with South Korea.

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The discussions will involve efforts to improve relations through joint sports teams, reunions of separated families, railway and road connections and forestry cooperation, South Korean officials said.

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