Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games


The group is scheduled to return to South Korea later Tuesday after undertaking preparatory work on repairs needed within the complex.

Experts say South Korea and the United States need to hold regular drills to prepare their commanders, who change periodically, to work together smoothly in crisis situations and respond to North Korea's evolving military threats and other factors such as changes in the deployment of USA strategic assets. According to the unification ministry, the two Koreas agreed to open a liaison office for better communication.

Accounts in South Korean media differ over who exactly proposed the measure, but it came at a general level military dialogue, which hadn't happened for over a decade before.

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.

The South Korean government and US military officials were not told before Trump's announcement.

Thus, to make progress on both fronts, the Trump administration would have to find a way to conclude a North Korean denuclearization deal without Chinese cooperation-in other words, decouple China from North Korea. "The ball is now in North Korea's court".

The statement, however, did not include specifications as to how the two nations would reach denuclearization.

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They say it does not discuss the range of nuclear weapons to be included or provide a time limit or verification requirements.

"Consistent with President Trump's commitment and in concert with our Republic of Korea ally, the United States military has suspended all planning for this August's defensive "wargame" (Freedom Guardian)", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement late Monday.

Moon Chung-in is a special adviser to South Korea's president. He supports increased discussion with North Korea. He considers Trump's good relations with Kim and his decision to suspend the exercises as parts of a diplomatic plan that is getting clearer.

Some say the one-day summit helped extend a temporary detente on the Korean Peninsula, but others say it was light on substance and Trump made too many concessions to North Korea.

President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore lasted only a few hours.

Xi said he was pleased to see North Korea's decision to promote economic reforms, adding that China's own reform and opening up process had meant the Chinese people's eyes had been open to the world.