Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

South Korea, US resume suspended joint marine drills - MTSN - Training/Simulation

South Korea, US resume suspended joint marine drills - MTSN - Training/Simulation

About 500 South Korean and American marines will take part in the drills on Monday, according to Yonhap news, which were previously indefinitely suspended in June after Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

In the interview, Pompeo said that "we do have the intention of President Trump and Chairman Kim getting together before too long, hopefully early in the next year, where we can make a substantial breakthrough in taking down the nuclear threat from North Korea (DPRK)".

Seoul's Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said that the allies plan to make a decision on plans for next year's major exercises before December 1.

On Friday North Korea warned that it could resume development of its nuclear programme if the United States did not drop its campaign of "maximum pressure" and sanctions.

Pompeo told a US CBS television program on Sunday that he would go to NY at the end of this week for the meeting.

The two-day event is scheduled to begin on November 18 at Mount Kumgang on North Korea's east coast in cooperation with the North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles inter-Korean relations, Hyundai said.

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North Korea has not tested a ballistic missile or nuclear weapon for almost a year, and has said it closed its main nuclear test site and plans to dismantle several more facilities.

But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has since said that the US has "no plans" to hold back on future drills. He also declared that the North would stop nuclear and long-range missile tests.

But South Korea's enthusiasm for engagement with its rival has also created discomfort in the United States amid growing concerns that the North is dragging its feet with its promise to denuclearize. His comments come a day after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow would continue to buy Iranian oil, even after USA sanctions go back into place on Monday.

The move coincides with a stiffening of North Korea's sanctions-related rhetoric in recent days.

Despite friction between Washington and Pyongyang, North and South Korea continue to improve relations, and the two sides will begin a joint survey of estuaries near the border this week that could see ships from either side use the waterways. The exact date and place of the meeting of the leaders of the United Kingdom and Russian President Vladimir Putin is not reported.

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