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The North Korea Peace Deal

The North Korea Peace Deal

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.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. She cited Tuesday's announcement by South Korea and the United States on suspending their August joint military drills as an example.

"We are still coordinating additional actions". Spokeswoman Dana White said the two countries' senior defense officials were set to meet later this week, including the US' Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

South Korea's top diplomat also said the sanctions on the North "will remain in place" until concerned parties can ensure that complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula has been fulfilled.

Last year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian went on for 11 days in August and involved about 17,500 US troops.

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In the first high-level visit to North Korea from India in two decades, Singh visited Pyongyang last month where he held talks with several leaders including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on key issues and raised New Delhi's concerns over nuclear proliferation.

Trump made that announcement following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. 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.

North Korea has always reacted to the Ulchi exercises with belligerence and often its own demonstrations of military capability.

"North Korea has strong female paddlers", Kim said.

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

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Those are bigger concessions that are unlikely to be granted by the US without concrete steps by North Korea toward denuclearization.

"South Korea and the USA made the decision as we believe this will contribute to maintaining such momentum", defense ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said, as reported by The Associated Press.

In return, Washington and Seoul made a decision to suspend their summertime war game, codenamed Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a computer-simulated command post exercise slated for August.

Seoul and Washington describe the move as a temporary measure to prolong ongoing detente on the Korean Peninsula and increase the chances of successful nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.

"As we all witnessed during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, sports gave a chance to initiate better inter-Korean relations", said Jeon Choong-ryul, secretary general of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, Channel News Asia reported. "Plus, I think it's very provocative".

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