The Defense Ministry says it is in discussions with the U.S. over suspending the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises between the two countries. 

Choi Hyun-soo, defense ministry spokeswoman, made the remark in response to questions by reporters after CNN reported that the Trump administration may announce a formal suspension of the joint drills scheduled for August as early as Thursday. 

Choi refused to confirm whether the two defense ministries had previously discussed the matter.