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There was no call between U.S. and North Korean officials over the weekend, two administration officials tell CNN, despite President Donald Trump telling Fox News on Friday that he planned on "calling North Korea" over the Father's Day holiday.

On Tuesday, the US and South Korean militaries confirmed they have called off upcoming joint exercises following Trump's order.

The South Korean defence ministry said in a statement: "South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August".

It is a decision that will no doubt please Kim, as North Korea has long denounced the exercise as a provocation and rehearsal to invade the North.

Marines of the USA, left, and South Korea wearing blue headbands on their helmets, taking positions after landing on a beach during a joint military combined amphibious exercise in Pohang, South Korea.

South Korean policemen wearing protective clothing participate in an anti-terror and anti-chemical terror exercise as part of the 2016 Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) at Yeoui subway station on August 23, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea.

Last year, 17,500 United States and more than 50,000 South Korean troops took part in Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an exercise mostly focused on computerised simulations rather than live field exercises that use weapons, tanks or aircraft. It applies exclusively to the August exercise Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, in which about 17,500 US troops gathered with South Korean counterparts past year in an exercise that focused heavily on computer-simulations to defend against a North Korean attack.

"We are still coordinating on additional actions", she said. "No decisions on subsequent wargames have been made".

Early this month, Trump held a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, where the latter pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation" in return for security guarantees from the US.

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"The South Korean and U.S. military authorities have been having close consultations over the combined exercises that U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will stop", a source told Yonhap News on condition of anonymity.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money. I think it's very provocative", he said.

Before conducting nuclear weapons tests, before even building facilities create fissile material, North Korea established a strong deterrent against South Korea and the US - artillery.

The exercises typically comprise beach landings and repelling an invasion by the North, but have also featured "decapitation" strikes targeting senior figures in the regime. "Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!"

Yasushi Kudo, who heads Genron NPO, said Japan is so far not a major player in the restarted negotiations on North Korea's denuclearization, unlike South Korea and the United States, and that is one of the major reasons behind the considerable difference.

It is expected he will discuss sanctions and the commitment he made at the summit, in general terms, to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

There was no immediate reaction from North Korea.

Mr Trump's announcement appeared to catch South Korea off guard and there was confusion how it would be implemented.

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