Last year, 17,500 American and more than 50,000 South Korean troops joined the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, although the exercise is mostly focused on computerized simulations rather than field exercises.
A statement by defense ministry of South Korean says that, "South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August". "We are still coordinating additional actions", said White.
In announcing his decision, Trump said suspending the "provocative" war games would "save us a tremendous amount of money". Seoul's Defense Ministry said Friday that Defense Minister Song Young-moo held "deep" discussions about the drills with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in a telephone conversation Thursday evening.
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.
While an attack from Japan is deemed unlikely, South Korea first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year since 2003.
"This will bring huge economic benefits to the South and the North as well as Russia", South Korean Leader President Moon Jae-In said. They then were held in April.
About 25 percent of the Japanese respondents said they believe progress will be made toward complete denuclearization in the future, whereas almost 60 percent of South Koreans said the same.
The announcement was widely anticipated following Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week. "There is no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean peninsula". The Pentagon rarely uses the words "war game" for joint military drills and it is a phrase more often seen in North Korean state media. North Korea's army said such a plan would be the "height of hostile acts" and its weapons were ready to fire.More news: AMC Launches Stubs A-List to Compete With MoviePass
In addition, North Korea's missile development and other provocations in recent years have bolstered the scale of the U.S.
Critics in Congress have warned that ending joint drills could weaken the military alliance between the US and South Korea, which hosts 28,500 American troops.
Pentagon officials have been unable to provide the costs of military exercises in South Korea.
North Korea is particularly sensitive to the involvement of nuclear-capable assets, including B-2 and B-52 bombers, and stealth fighters.
I Corps kicks off Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise with South Korean partners last August.
Those are bigger concessions that are unlikely to be granted by the US without concrete steps by North Korea toward denuclearization.
"We support this, we hope the relevant parties will move in the same direction to make greater efforts to promote the peace and denuclearisation process for the peninsula", Geng Shuang said in a regular briefing.