United States may resume war games as North Korea negotiations stall

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned a suspension of military drills in Korea isn't permanent

Trump's statement came a day after his defense secretary hinted that the drills, which North Korea denounces as rehearsals for invasion, could resume.

Trump partly blamed China for the lack of progress with North Korea and suggested that talks with Pyongyang, led so far by Pompeo, could be on hold until after Washington resolved its bitter trade dispute with Beijing.

"It would be an overstatement to say that the USA is trying to break apart the South-North relations, but it is a message that it is not comfortable with the current situation, knowing that the North has been reportedly violating sanctions", the Seoul-based expert added.

Following the Singapore summit, the military suspended the massive Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in South Korea, which involves thousands of American troops each year.

However, he signaled that he could restart them if he wanted to, promising that they would "be far bigger than ever before".

China, North Korea's traditional ally and main trading partner, joined the United States in adopting tough worldwide sanctions against Pyongyang in 2017, which the Chinese government says it is still enforcing.

This came after a June meeting with the North Korean leader, where the Trump administration made a decision to stall joint military exercises with South Korea as a "goodwill gesture". Japan and South Korea retreating from their reliance on the United States in negotiations with North Korea is simply one example out of seemingly infinite where President Trump is putting his own superfluous and propagandistic interests ahead of America's.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, in Singapore, on June 12.

Mattis did say his department will work very closely with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo toward the goal of ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

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South Korean Army K1A1 and U.S. Army M1A2 tanks fire live rounds during a U.S. South Korean spy chief Suh Hoon separately told lawmakers Tuesday in Seoul that the two sides had failed to narrow their differences, including over allied requests for North Korea to get rid of about 60% of its warheads, according to the Chosun newspaper.

There is "no reason at this time" to spend large amounts of money on the joint U.S.

A Pentagon spokesman said, "Routine planning continues for major ROK-US exercises on the Peninsula in accordance with the normal exercise program planning cycle", without elaborating.

But Washington says North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons first.

A test operation of a train connecting the South's capital of Seoul to the North's Shinuiju, which lies on the border with China, was initially planned for August 22-27 as part of the Koreas' joint field survey on modernizing cross-border railways, according to the Unification Ministry.

"The question is whether Trump will decide to go bellicose again, or just keep the fiction of the ongoing denuclearization process alive as long as possible", he said.

The latest hitch in the talks centers on the North's demand that the United States join the two Koreas in jointly declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, Suh Hoon, director of Seoul's National Intelligence Service, told a closed-door parliamentary hearing Tuesday, according to lawmakers who briefed journalists on it. We'll deal with supporting the diplomats, as I've said repeatedly.

Countries like the U.S. have banned their citizens from visiting the country over security issues and global sanctions that've recently hit the recluse nation.

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