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Washington, Seoul face growing rift over North Korea

South Korean presidential adviser suggests downsizing joint military drills

SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- Ties between the U.S. and South Korea have cooled after a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested scaling back joint military exercises, even as Washington ramps up its rhetoric on Pyongyang over the death of a college student.

"If North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities, then we may consult with the U.S. about scaling down ... joint exercises and training," Moon Chung-in said at an event in Washington on Friday, local time.

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