North Korea sanctions to remain until denuclearization achieved - S. Korea

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Last year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises went on for 11 days in August and involved some 17,500 U.S. and over 50,000 South Korean troops.

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.

While the August Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise has been suspended, White said no decision had been made on subsequent exercises.

"Our position is very much that until we get concrete action (toward complete denuclearization), (the U.N.) Security Council sanctions need to be in place and faithfully implemented", Kang Kyung-wha said at a press conference in Seoul. A meeting at the Pentagon between the Secretary of Defence, Secretary of State and the National Security Advisor has been convened for later in the week to discuss the issue, the statement said.

Beijing/Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to suspend a major joint military exercise. The 28,500 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea participate year round in a variety of air, ground and sea exercises with the South Korean military.

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".

South Korea said sanctions against the North could be eased once it takes "substantive steps towards denuclearisation", seemingly setting the bar lower than Washington for such a move.

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The decision to halt military exercises in South Korea has bewildered many current and former USA defence officials, who only learned about it when Trump announced it in Singapore, after the summit with Kim.

"We have made a decision to postpone it", the official said, requesting anonymity.

It has been particularly pleased by Trump's decision to suspend military drills with South Korea.

The UFG is a command post exercise based on computer simulated war games centreing on a scenario of an all-out war with the North.

Soccer is one of the most popular sports among ordinary North Koreans, along with volleyball and table tennis, and they will most likely be watching South Korea's matches on television, according to the people who have fled to the South.

Yes. The North's first leader and founder of the ruling Kim dynasty, Kim Il Sung first raised the idea of a peace deal with US President Jimmy Carter back in the 1970s. The exercises focus on ways that the U.S. and South Korea could repel a North Korean attack at a moment's notice, a commitment reflected in U.S. Forces Korea's motto of "Fight Tonight".

Many U.S. officials and experts believe it was only a matter of time before North Korea's nukes are able to strike the United States on intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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