Washington said the joint drills were not designed to provoke Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had reportedly told a South Korean envoy in early March he understood the need for US-South Korean war games.
Germany's finance minister defended open markets after a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. Officials from other countries also warned against protectionism ahead of planned US tariffs on steel and aluminum.
The politicians from the opposition AfD shared their impressions of the war-torn country after returning from a controversial trip. They reiterated their stand that Syrian refugees in Germany should be sent back.
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