The United States will stop holding joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, making a major concession to North Korea after his .
Washington and Seoul are security allies, with 28,500 US troops stationed in the South to defend it from its neighbour which invaded in 1950. They hold joint military exercises every year that infuriate Pyongyang, which has long demanded an end to the drills and often responds with actions of its own, ratcheting up tensions.
North Korea in May cancelled talks with Seoul over “Max Thunder” joint military air exercises between the US and the South. They were a “rude and wicked provocation”, it complained.
“We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money,” Trump told reporters.