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Pauline Gross
March 21, 2018

Joint military drills between the USA and South Korea - put on hold for the Winter Olympics - are back on and set to take place on April 1.

A high-level South Korean official, after briefing Trump on the outcome of a meeting with Kim earlier this month, told reporters in Washington that Kim said he "understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the United States must continue".

The U.S. military said the exercises would be similar in size and scope to previous ones, which have involved thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops, in addition to ships and aircraft.

The move reciprocates North Korea's dispatch of musicians and traditional Korean martial art demonstrators to South Korea on the occasion of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics last month.

The development comes during a thaw in the North Korean nuclear crisis.

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In 2017, these drills began on March 1 and continued till the end of April.

The ominous clouds looming over the Korean peninsula appeared to be clearing after Kim Yo Jong, on behalf of her brother and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, invited the South Korean president to Pyongyang on her historic visit to South Korea during the Winter Olympics, whose opening ceremony saw the two divided Koreas march together under a united flag. -North Korea nuclear talks, are seeking to thrust issues of their own onto the agenda.

The image is of 2015 joint U.S- Korea exercise.

Officials will visit North Korea from 22 to 24 March to inspect the sites and ensure they can accommodate the singers, the ministry said. "The foreign ministers discussed opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict as well as bilateral relations", the Swedish Foreign Ministry said after talks wrapped up, according to Reuters.

But in a statement the Pentagon confirmed they would now go ahead at the start of April, coinciding with the concerts by South Korean artists in Pyongyang. -South Korean alliance to defend South Korean territory.

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