South Korea's K-pop singers to perform in Pyongyang

South Korea's K-pop singers to perform in Pyongyang

South Korea's K-pop singers to perform in Pyongyang

The operations had been postponed from their usual start in March to avoid clashing with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang in which North Korea played an unprecedented part.

The exercises begin with Foal Eagle, a field training drill that will last about four weeks, compared with its typical two-month run.

"Our combined exercises are defense-oriented and there is no reason for North Korea to view them as a provocation", Logan said, adding, "They ensure the ROK-US alliance is prepared to defend the Republic of Korea".

The South Korean official said consultations were underway over whether US strategic assets such as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers or bombers would be deployed for the drills.

This year's Foal Eagle field training exercises will involve about 11,500 United States forces and some 290,000 South Korean troops, said Logan, the Pentagon spokesman.

-North Korea talks would be what nuclear disarmament steps Kim would promise in return for what concessions from the United States and whether Trump would accept them. No statements were given when they left in the afternoon but South Korean delegate Kim Joon-Hyung, professor of worldwide politics from Handong Global University, told reporters later that the talks had been "productive" and that the atmosphere had been good.

After recent high-level talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials said Kim indicated his acceptance of the manoeuvrs. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are to meet separately in late April. The North has often responded to the drills with its own military actions, and past year fired four ballistic missiles close to Japan.

"Our first task will be to instil the same awe in North Korean audiences as we do our South Korean ones, and make sure nothing is awkward". "Now it's a dialogue mode so they are trying to keep pace with that", said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies. The other, known as Key Resolve, will involve about 12,200 USA troops and about 10,000 from South Korea.

The U.S. military said the exercises would be similar in size and scope to previous ones, which have involved thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops, in addition to ships and aircraft.

It had been widely expected that the U.S.

Those talks led to a visit this month by a South Korean delegation to Pyongyang for a meeting with the North Korean leader.

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