Japan hopes U.S. maintains security role after halt of military drill

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South Korea's Defence Ministry officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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.

Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera called the joint exercises and the United States military presence in South Korea "vital" to East Asian security.

The Pentagon has consistently labeled the annual large-scale exercises as defensive in nature and crucial to maintaining the readiness of both American and South Korean troops to fight back any military aggression from North Korea.

"I think we made it clear that this is a goodwill gesture to strengthen the dialogue momentum at this point, but they are not irreversible", she told reporters at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club.

South Korea's canoe federation said yesterday it has proposed forming a joint dragon boat team with North Korea, after the two nations agreed to compete together in some Asian Games events in a fresh show of rapprochement.

Kang also reiterated South Korea's commitment to the US alliance and said there has been no discussion about reducing the USA military presence in the country.

She spoke after the USA and South Korea announced that the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills slated for August have been called off.

US army personnel and multiple launch rocket systems participate in a defense exercise at the Mugeon-ri drill field near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, June 19, 2018. That Russian city is just north of the North Korean border, and Kim could easily reach it by train, his preferred method of travel.

North Korea proposed to Seoul to disarm, on a trial basis, the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, the only site in the DMZ where both countries' soldiers stand nearly face to face, the South's presidential spokesman said on Friday.

South Korea's foreign minister warned on Wednesday that the suspension of war games with the United States is "not irreversible" as she urged the North to take concrete action toward abandoning its nuclear weapons program. The exercises began shortly after Trump threatened to bring "fire and fury" to North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States and after North Korea threatened to conduct a strike at the waters near Guam with Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM).

Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a two-week exercise that consists predominantly of computer-simulated defense drills. Pompeo is expected to consult with US National Security Adviser John Bolton and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis before starting consultations with North Korea, but the timing and location of that meeting are still uncertain.

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