Asia Pacific s War games 'very provocative'? To S. Korea, so is calling them off

President Trump's decision to call of an annual joint military exercise with South Korea has led some analysts to question if outreach to Kim signals a US retreat from the region.

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The military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea every summer, code-named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, have been a vital part of the two countries’ alliance since the 1970s. They’re also one of the largest military exercises in the world. They lasted for 11 days last year and involved some 17,500 American forces and 50,000 South Korean troops.

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