US, South Korea suspend contentious war games
The US and South Korea have agreed to suspend contentious military exercises off the Korean Peninsula until after the Winter Olympic Games in a sign that nuclear tensions with North Korea may be easing.
US President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that planned talks between Seoul and Pyongyang “are a good thing” as he praised the United States’ “strong” stance and its willingness “to commit our total ‘might’ against the North”.
The two Koreas restored a cross-border hotline on Wednesday that had been shut down since 2016. They also agreed to hold high-level talks next week – the first since 2015 – which will focus on “matters of mutual interest”, including North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics.