South Korea hints that halting joint war games is necessary

President Donald Trump blindsided officials in the United States and South Korea by abruptly announcing the US would suspend military drills with South Korea directly following his meeting with Kim Jong-Un of North Korea.

But some observers fear move could shake American commitment to South's security

South Korea's presidential office has hinted that halting joint military drills with the United States may be necessary to advance discussions on the North's denuclearisation, even as concern grew over the US commitment to the country's security.

This came a day after President Donald Trump unilaterally announced that the US will be stopping the "expensive" and "provocative" war games, following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'S. Korea hints that halting joint war games is necessary'. Print Edition | Subscribe