The Seoul officials said North Korea also proposed talks between its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, and Trump agreed to meet him by the end of May.
On March 8, President Donald Trump surprisingly accepted an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May to discuss the longstanding nuclear issue.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will lead South Korea's team at the meeting.
The Korean talks set for March 29 will precede musical performances in Pyongyang in early April by a group of South Korean singers making a reciprocal visit after the North sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. North Korea in 2017 tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles theoretically capable of striking the United States mainland.
In what could be seen as a gesture of goodwill leading up to anticipated talks between the USA and North Korea, an annual joint military exercise between American and South Korean military forces - which has been a long-time source of tension for the Hermit Kingdom - has been shortened by a full month.
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"Thanks to the proactive measure and peace-loving proposal made by the DPRK, dramatic atmosphere for reconciliation has been created in relations between the north and the south of Korea and there has been a sign of change also in the DPRK-U.S. relations", the KCNA commentary said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name. Unlike in the past, this time one of the most important things that have alarmed the North Korean regime is the unpredictable behaviour of the U.S. administration. But there had been no official word from Pyongyang.
The exercises are to run in conjunction with computer-simulated Key Resolve tabletop drills being held for two weeks in mid-April, according to a South Korean military official.
The team used a plane belonging to North Korea's Air Koryo, North Korea's sole airline, which is on the blacklist of United States sanctions.
Last year, 3,600 USA troops were deployed to South Korea to join troops based there for Foal Eagle 2017, which ran from March 1 through April 30.