In an effort to support diplomatic efforts to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the US and South Korea have announced that they will no longer hold large-scale joint military exercises, a bone of contention with North Korea and which have always infuriated North Korea.
The defence ministers from the US and South Korea agreed to end the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve series of exercises in a phone call on Saturday.
North Korea regards the games as preparation for a military invasion.
During 2018, the United States cancelled a number of exercises after US President Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
President Trump has previously complained of the cost of such exercises, although he has ruled out withdrawing US troops from the peninsula – currently numbering about 30,000.