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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seoul in War Games

South Korea said Wednesday it would stage controversial war games with the United States this November, but only if North Korea refused to relent on its refusal to open nuclear sites to international scrutiny.

The Seoul defense ministry said Team Spirit joint military exercises could be suspended if North Korea complied with terms set by Washington in February while the two sides were discussing terms for a round of high-level talks.

The ministry's statement came after more than an hour of talks between U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry and his South Korean counterpart Rhee Byoung-tae.