DOD suspends planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in South Korea

FILE North Korea's Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on 12 June 2018

North Korea has said it will suspend nuclear and missile tests for seven months. He considers Trump's good relations with Kim and his decision to suspend the exercises as parts of a diplomatic plan that is getting clearer.

And it was China who was the first country to indicate the USA would be ending military drills in South Korea, making the statement even before Trump, pointing towards close contact between North Korea and China leading up to and potentially even on the day of the summit.

The Pentagon has yet to publicly release the cost of previous and future joint military exercises with South Korea, a week after Trump cited their "tremendously expensive" cost as a reason for halting them.

Kim's visit also reiterates the power China wields along the Korean Peninsula, having always been a communist ally of North Korea.

'Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace, ' Trump says in new video. "Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!"

They will also hold a friendly basketball match - proposed by Kim, a fan of the sport, at his summit with Moon - in Pyongyang on July 4 and another in Seoul in the autumn.

Trump, on Twitter, said, "Funny how the Fake News" - Trump's term for news stories he doesn't like - "in a coordinated effort with each other, likes to say I gave sooo much to North Korea because I 'met.' That's because that's all they have to disparage! Even got our hostages/remains!"

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North Korean diplomats talking to South Korean officials in the demilitarized border zone between the two countries reportedly offered to remove their long-range artillery guns, which have been a dagger pointed at Seoul's throat for decades.

They agreed to create combined teams for the upcoming games and for other global competitions, such as a shooting competition set to begin in August in the South.

The summer exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, consisted mainly of computer simulations to hone joint decision-making and planning.

Last year's drill was held over 11 days and involved 17,500 United States troops and 50,000 from South Korea, along with those from several other countries that fought in the 1950-53 Korean war.

Kim's arrival in Beijing, just one week after his summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore, signifies the importance North Korea is placing on its close neighbor and historic ally.

The hostility reached fresh heights a year ago amid public threats from Pyongyang that war with Washington may be imminent and American intelligence community concerns that Pyongyang had developed a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile capable of reaching the USA homeland.

Yonhap also reported on Sunday that during military talks between the two Koreas on Thursday, South Korean officials asked their northern counterparts to relocate artillery 30km to 40km (18 to 25 miles) away from the heavily fortified military demarcation line that divides the two countries.

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