US sanctions on North Korea
US-South Korea military exercise Joint US-South Korea military exercises conclude, with an eye on North Korea and China

The military exercises point towards a more aggressive US presence in the Pacific and increasing encirclement of China

China, Russia on North Korea China, Russia blame US for stoking tensions in Korea, call to ease sanctions on DPRK

The two nations defended their earlier veto against the UN Security Council resolution to impose further sanctions on North Korea and argued that the US has played a major role in stoking tensions in the peninsula

South Korean president Moon Jae-in South Korea declares multilateral agreement to end Korean War

South Korean president Moon Jae-in announced that the four parties in the Korean War, which ended in a stalemate in 1953, have agreed “in-principle” to formally declare its end, indicating a major step towards peace