South Korea called the main common goal with Russian Federation

Wind-down of 'irritating' war games US & South Korea suspend military drill planned for August

The final decision came after both Americans and Koreans decided the cancellation applied only to the next exercises, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, scheduled every year in August. However, US President Donald Trump recently announced he will meet with the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12.

"The Russian prime minister and the South Korean president will discuss the current state of and prospects for further development of trade-an-economic and investment cooperation between Russia and South Korea with a focus on the implementation of large-scale joint projects in the energy sector, in the areas of industry, high technologies, transport and others", the press service of the Russian government said.

"Following close cooperation, South Korea and the USA chose to suspend all planning activities for the UFG, the defensive exercise slated for August", the South Korean Ministry of Defense announced on Monday in a message sent to reporters. "We are still coordinating additional actions", said White. "No decisions on subsequent war games have been made", she said, adding that there would be "no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean Peninsula".

South Korea and the U.S. have been conducting combined routine training for years to prepare for a possible attack from the North.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks at a TV broadcasting a news report on summit between the US and North Korea during a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, June 12, 2018.

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". Trump and Kim did not use the term "CVID", for "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, visiting Seoul and then Beijing, said the United States would indeed insist on CVID before relaxing sanctions imposed on North Korea after its nuclear and missile tests. "We would of course be rooting for the South, even when inter-Korean relations are frosty", said Hong. Since Trump's announcement, the Pentagon has not been able to provide an estimate of the cost of the annual military exercises.

A week later Seoul and Washington announced that planning for August's Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise would be halted.

The joint U.S. -South Korea military drill, however, could be put back on if North Korea doesn't follow necessary steps for denuclearization, Choi said.

A gas pipeline coming from Russian Federation to North Korea to be extended to the South is another possibility, he said. "It could also be delivered not only to South and North Korea but also to Japan".

North and South Korea agreed to hold friendly basketball games in Pyongyang on July 4 and in Seoul this fall, and they want to form a joint team to participate in the 2018 Asian Games coming up in August at Palembang in Indonesia.

It was during last year's drills that North Korea also sought to flex its military muscles by firing an intermediate-range missile over Japan. Other rewards that North Korea wants are an easing of global sanctions, establishment of diplomatic ties with the United States, and a reduction of USA troops in South Korea.

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