Since the end of the Korean War 1950 to 1953, the US and South Korea conducted large-scale military exercises on both land and sea, with air support and beach landings – these military exercises always infuriated North Korea.
This has come to light in talks as North Korea viewed these games as preparation for a military invasion. Naturally, the North Korean military was put on the defensive, otherwise as history has taught all parties involved, the North can be aggressive.
Recent the defense ministers from the US and South Korea agreed to end Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, to key military exercises that were robust, both employing thousands of soldiers from all branches of the military. Some critics have protested this cancellation saying that the drills support a unified face and therefore a deterrent to North Korean aggression, others say this view is unjustified.
President Trump has made it clear that the costs of these exercises are high and that the 30,000 US troops on the peninsula continue to cost the US. Of course, the President wants to keep the troops, but tone down the exercises.
Recent talks in Hanoi ended abruptly and the US President said that he had to “walk” because North Korea demanded a full lifting of economic sanctions before denuclearization. The talks will continue and it is clear that the US is reaching out, by cancelling the war games, now they wait for Kim Jong-u`s next move.