The final deal over the North Korean problem is yet to be signed, and the US wants South Korea and China to be part of it.
Reuters is out with more details on the agreement signed between the US President Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, with the key four areas mentioned in the document found below. The sanctions will remain in force until full denuclearization, the USA president said, noting that he is "looking forward" to it.
"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", U.S. Forces in Korea spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.
The U.S. had rejected such proposals in the past, but North Korea has declared an end to testing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and now Trump appears ready to end exercises while talks are ongoing.
President Trump said he had some intensive and comprehensive discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. and saw that Kim had made a decision to take a first bold step towards a bright new future. He also noted that the drills are quite expensive and the move will save a considerable amount of money for the U.S. budget. "Plus, I think it's very provocative".
A spokeswoman for USA military forces in Korea, meanwhile, said it had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.
North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force".
"So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice", he said.
Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump's comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along - that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional US president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors. "There has been real concern that he would only look after US interests, not those of our long-standing allies".
Foster Klug is AP's bureau chief in South Korea and has covered the Koreas since 2005.