The U.S. and South Korea said Sunday they are postponing joint military drills.  U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the move is an "act of goodwill" toward North Korea.  "I see this as a good-faith effort by the United States and the Republic of Korea to enable peace, to shape ... to facilitate a political agreement -- a deal, if you will -- that leads to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Esper said. The joint announcement was made in Bangkok at an Asia defense ministers conference. Shortly after the announcement, Japan's defense minister made a blistering...

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