US, South Korea agree to suspend joint military exercise


The two nations, still technically at war, met under the banner of "practically eliminate the danger of war", as South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to do on April 27 during their historic first summit.

Chinese state media continue to provide glowing coverage of visits of Chinese delegations to North Korea, as well as the country's potential for economic growth. On Tuesday, the US and South Korean militaries confirmed they have called off upcoming joint exercises following Trump's order. The vehicles did not appear to be carrying flags.

Although Chinese state media did not say if Mr Kim had already arrived in Beijing, a motorcade was seen leaving the city's airport and roads were closed off near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet visiting leaders. "We hope Chairman Kim Jong-un's visit will contribute to that".

He first made those remarks during the press conference that followed last week's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rushed to the Chinese capital to brief Xi and other top leaders soon after the Trump-Kim meeting.

The U.S. government canceled military exercises with South Korea in the 1990s while attempting to negotiate with North Korea, but they were ultimately reinvigorated when Pyongyang balked at allowing inspectors to look at their nuclear sites.

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. North Korea has said it will suspend nuclear and missile tests for seven months.

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Mr. Lim's comments at a public event in Washington on Monday, came as anticipation mounted for an announcement on when and where a USA and North Korean officials may hold the first follow-up meeting to last week's Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.

However, North Korea offered a different account of the discussion.

"I think China sees that as a way to enhance its leverage and position", Sen said.

Mr. Trump had long pondered the prospect of halting such exercises after the suggestion was first made to him last summer by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to USA officials.

The White House said that the combined exercises are expected to be "on pause" should the North deliver on its denuclearization commitment.

Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University's School of International Studies in Beijing, said that unlike previous visits, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim's visit before his departure. He added that the frequency of Kim's visits was "unprecedented". During their March meeting in Beijing, Xi told Kim that China had made a "strategic choice" to have friendly ties with North Korea and that they would "remain unchanged under any circumstances".

Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for alleged intellectual property theft. "If it responds with honest denuclearization steps, more planned drills will be suspended, which eventually can be led to discussions to reduce U.S. forces in South Korea". "There will be a big question mark over whether China and the USA will continue this cooperation".