Both Russia and China are on the record as saying they would like the U.S.to freeze exercises, and North Korea has long complained about the maneuvers, calling them proof of US "ambition for military confrontation" against North Korea in a commentary on May 29.
Last week's Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un produced only a vague statement in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".
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.
Yonhap also reported on Sunday that during military talks between the two Koreas on Thursday, South Korean officials asked their northern counterparts to relocate artillery 30km to 40km (18 to 25 miles) away from the heavily fortified military demarcation line that divides the two countries.
"This week, the South Korean and USA defense ministries will jointly announce the results of their discussions", the source added.
Korea talks with the intention of reducing the influence and the threat of the US military on the Korean Peninsula.
Until recently Trump had pursued a "maximum pressure" campaign - with both China and South Korea on board - of tough rhetoric and tightened sanctions against Pyongyang.
Delegations from North and South Korea met on Friday for talks to arrange the first reunions in about three years for families separated by the Korean War, with the Red Cross paving the way.
"His remarks on the possible suspension of the R.O.K. [Republic of Korea]-U.S. combined military exercises in August, I think the remarks are extremely strategic", said Moon. And while the announcement canceling the exercises came suddenly, Kang said, South Korea was also considering this option to keep diplomatic momentum moving forward following the U.S. Spokeswoman Dana White said the two countries' senior defense officials were set to meet later this week, including the US' Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
In reply, the US president broached his plans to end the joint military exercises at a news conference after the summit, saying it was not appropriate to negotiate while staging "war games".
"We are still coordinating on additional actions", she said.
South Korea's defense ministry confirmed Thursday morning, . that the US defense chief plans to visit South Korea next Thursday, . after his visit to China, . and is expected to discuss issues related to the suspension of joint military exercises.
Several of the women said in May they were coerced into leaving, while South Korean officials said they were trying to verify their accounts.
The ministry also said that there is no decision yet regarding other allied training exercises.
An immediate question was what to do about the annual "Ulchi Freedom Guardian", as the U.S.
The White House said Monday that the joint exercises are expected to be "on pause" amid the current climate of detente.
More than 30,000 USA troops participate in the American portion of the exercise.
On Monday, the South Korean defense minister said the issue is still being discussed.
The reclusive state spends almost a quarter of its GDP on its military, according to the U.S. State Department.