United States and South Korea have confirmed plans to end large-scale joint military exercises amid efforts to thaw relations.

Smaller-scale drills will continue, but major planned war games will now not go ahead.

A number of exercises were suspended last year after us President Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has always regarded the games as preparation for a military invasion by the two countries.

A pentagon statement said the defence ministers from the two countries had agreed to end the foal eagle and key resolve exercises in a phone call on Saturday. It is unclear if the suspension is permanent.