The US Forces Korea said it had received ”no updated guidance” on its regular exercises with South Korea.

The two countries regularly stage joint military exercises, including the upcoming Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises scheduled for the fall. North Korea has long called for these drills, which it says are a provocation, to end, and typically responds to them with military exercises of its own. The US and South Korea earlier this year postponed the annual Foal Eagle drills until after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang were over amid a broader diplomatic that between the two Koreas.

Dropping the joint exercises assumes benevolence from the North Korean regime at a very early stage in its relationship with the US. Analysts have criticized the decision noting that Trump, beyond vague commitments to denuclearization and peace, has not received anything in return.

Robert E. Kelly, a professor of political science at Pusan National University in Korea, likened Trump’s words as throwing a major ally “under the bus” and that it would be “depressing” if the US did not get anything “enormous” in return for it.

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