"In coordination with our (South Korean) partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense and/or Indo-Pacific Command", Colonel Chad Carroll, spokesperson for USFK, said in a statement.
He called them "expensive" and "provocative", using terms usually employed by the North Koreans in criticizing the drills.
The remarks by President Moon Jae-in reinforced South Korea's view of the talks as another step in the ongoing dialogue with Kim Jong Un rather than a one-time attempt by President Trump to reach a deal over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile capabilities.
"To complete the process, the honest efforts of South Korea, North Korea and the U.S.as well as continuous cooperation by neighboring countries are necessary", Moon added.
Trump's complimentary words about Kim and North Korea have also raised cries of alarm-his statement that things were "rough" in North Korea but also "rough in a lot of places" echoed the "violence on many sides" that drew ire after protests previous year in Charlottesville. This includes the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises scheduled for the fall.
"We're not reducing anything", he said when asked about the possibility of a troop reduction.
President Donald Trump rocked the region with the stunning announcement Tuesday that he was halting annual U.S.
Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim.
Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not.
Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign of crippling trade and economic sanctions for bringing Kim to the negotiating table and vowed to keep them in place until North Korea complies with its promises.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that North Korea should approach the summit with "awareness". Trump described his meeting with Kim as "better than anyone could have expected". President Donald Trump seems to have made an agreement to cease war games in the Korean Peninsula without consulting US military leaders or South Korean allies.
At the same time, he said complete denuclearization would take time. This could be part of US efforts to ensure regime security for North Korea.