S. Korea halts its own military drill amid dialogue mood

S. Korea halts its own military drill amid dialogue mood

S. Korea halts its own military drill amid dialogue mood

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, lauding the "positive" outcome of his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and promising unwavering friendship.

"We have made a decision to postpone it", the official said, requesting anonymity. "In this case, it will be possible to deliver goods from South Korea to Europe, which would be economically beneficial not only to South and North Korea but to Russian Federation as well", he said. "What is much less clear is whether stopping these exercises will contribute to denuclearization of North Korea".

A former senior official of the South Korean government said the decision is a "huge gain" for Pyongyang, as North Korea has been demanding the suspension of the joint military exercise as a condition of dialogue with the United States. -South Korea landing operation exercise held on the South Korean coast in March 2017, North Korean troops conducted one of its largest shelling exercises on the east coast in Wonsan, Kangwon province. -North Korea summit held in Singapore last week, the South Korean president said it was more successful than he had hoped.

"The drills suspension is a joint decision by US and South Korea military authorities", she said.

The two sides issued a joint statement after the meeting, promising to build new bilateral relations and work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Still, the USA -initiated decision to shelve the drills isn't likely to dramatically change the psyche of South Koreans who have spent their entire lives facing North Korean threats and living through wild swings in inter-Korean relations.

Kang also addressed the controversy which has arisen over whether or not Seoul was consulted prior to Trump's revelation, in a post-summit press conference, that he had told Kim he was cancelling South Korea-US military drills.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said South Korea expected to see "concrete action" by North Korea to "live up to its complete denuclearization commitment", in return for guarantees of its security and other efforts for peace. "They are very expensive and set a bad light during a good-faith negotiation".

The South Korean leader gave to understand that large-scale trilateral transport infrastructure and energy projects between Russian Federation and the two Koreas might be among the topics of his talks in Russian Federation.

Soldiers from a USA multiple launch rocket system battalion in South Korea train near the demilitarized zone in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. China is North Korea's most important diplomatic and economic backer but has been angered by its nuclear and missile tests. Also, what exactly might replace the armistice has been another point of doubt, and neither South Korean nor USA officials have confirmed what a new agreement would look like. The two leaders did sign a communiqué that outlined what each side hoped to accomplish, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as the return of remains of USA soldiers who fought in the Korean War in the early 1950s.

Inter-Korean talks are also continuing to ease tensions and increase cooperation. The two Koreas also agreed this week to field unified teams at some events during the upcoming Asian Games scheduled for August in Indonesia.

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