The United States and South Korea are likely to announce the suspension of major military exercises this week a report says. The decision is part of the ongoing plan to get North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.
The announcement will include some type of “snapback” provision whereby the exercise would restart in case North Korea fails to fulfill its promise to denuclearize, Reuters reported.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the suspension would only affect major joint exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, and not routine military training.
The news of the suspension of major military drills took officials in Seoul and Washington by surprise when President Trump pledged to end “war games” after his historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week.
Previously, Trump has derided the joint exercises as too costly.
In addition, Yonhap also reported on Sunday that during military talks the South Korean officials asked their northern neighbor to relocate artillery 18 to 24 miles away from the heavily fortified military demarcation line that divides the two countries.
However, the South Korea’s defense ministry has denied it made such a request.
The U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises involve thousands of troops from both nations, with the next major drill “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” planned for the end of the summer.