North, South Korea agree to joint teams for Asian Games

South Korean soldiers participate in an anti-terror drill on the sidelines of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drills with the US

But as the days went by, the US 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.

The US Defense Department said on Monday that it has suspended all planning for a joint military exercise with the Republic of Korea in August.

The United States has formally suspended a major military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August.

"We are still coordinating additional actions. No decisions on subsequent wargames have been made", CNN quoted White as saying.

On Tuesday, South Korea and the United States announced a decision to suspend all plans for the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise, a large-scale war game slated for August, citing the peace mood on the peninsula.

Experts said South Korea and the US 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 USA strategic assets.

At a meeting of his national security council, he hailed "a new North Korea-U.S. relationship" as "the only way to completely denuclearize North Korea and bring peace to the Korean peninsula". On Monday, the two Koreas agreed to present their teams in a united procession at the opening and closing of the worldwide sporting tournament, while also forming "a unified team for some sports events", according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

One such project could be a railway that will be able deliver goods from Russian Federation to South Korea through North Korea.

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Pompeo, who has stressed that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea's complete denuclearisation, said he plans to meet Kim for follow-up talks.

Moon's hopeful economic blueprint is premised on North Korea following through on its promise of "complete denuclearization" made at the summit with the United States in Singapore on June 12. Military exercises with other countries in the Pacific will continue.

During the tensions created by North Korean weapons tests in recent years, China had called for a "dual suspension" in which the North would stop its nuclear and missile tests and Washington and Seoul would halt their military exercises to lower animosity and lead to talks.

Asked about India's engagement with North Korea, especially in the context of it having its embassy in Pyongyang and visit of Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh to that country, Park said, "Such engagement from the Indian side is very much positive". S. Korea and the US are expected to make a decision on whether to push ahead with other major joint military drills Key Resolve and Foal Eagle after verifying N. Korea's implementation of denuclearization.

The U.S. and South Korea hold major joint exercises every spring and summer in South Korea.

Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera said the decision to suspend the U.S.

The other major US exercises with South Korea - Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - took place earlier this spring.

Last week, Trump made the surprise announcement that the U.S. would halt "war games" with its South Korean security ally - without making clear when the freeze would begin. "I think what is left now is how completely and swiftly we implement such a wonderful agreement", he said.

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