Koreas to form joint teams at Asian Games

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

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.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Singapore on June 12 for the first DPRK-U.S. summit, agreeing to complete denuclearization in return for security guarantees for the DPRK.

South Korea and the U.S. have chose to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise slated for August amid dialogue efforts to denuclearize North Korea, officials of the two countries said on Tuesday.

"But we expect that to happen, the discussion on the agreements and the implementation of those agreements, to take place sooner rather later", she said. "Having said that, the USA was also very clear that, as far as the talks with North Korea go in good faith, we can afford not to have the kind of the military exercises we used to have in the past".

Officials from North and South Korea said on Monday they would form joint teams for certain sports at the Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang from Aug 18-Sept 2.

In February, North and South Korea also marched together at the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games under a unified flag, signaling a thaw in tensions between the two nations that technically remain at war. -South Korea exercises should also be cancelled due to their financial costs to the United States.

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

The spring maneuvers - actually two overlapping exercises called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - include live-fire drills with tanks, aircraft and warships.

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.

When asked about how the global community could provide incentives for North Korea, the South Korean foreign minister said there were "a lot" of measures that could be taken prior to lifting sanctions. These batteries turn any war scenario between North and South Korea into a nightmare where Seoul could lose tens of thousands of lives every hour.

Trump then claimed that suspending the drills would save the U.S. "a tremendous amount of money, before calling them 'provocative".

It is understood that Kim suggested the suspension to Trump at the Singapore summit.

When the exercises began, North Korea's state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial that the United States was "throwing fuel onto fire".

But Moon said that "Chairman Kim has expressed his willingness to give up his nuclear arsenal and focus on economic build-up should the North be guaranteed safety". The military exercises cost assessment is yet a complex process that sometimes needs various spread over and military branches budgets of several years.

The Ulchi-Freedom Guardian drills are the largest annual U.S.

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