Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un has thrown the gauntlet to Donald Trump, saying that North Korea will wait a little before opting to fire missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam to see what see what the "foolish Yankees" do next.
The visit to the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army, during which Kim praised it for its preparedness for "enveloping fire at Guam", marks his first appearance in the country's official media reports in about two weeks. He said no US military action on the Korean Peninsula could be taken without Seoul's consent.
But Pyongyang views them as a highly provocative rehearsal for an invasion of its own territory, and threatens strong military counteraction each year.
North Korea has in the past fired missiles and taken other steps in response to such exercises.
"I worry it might enact this plan when the joint exercises start", said James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
He also called for the resumption of a dialogue with North Korea.
However, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon The American Prospect there was "no military solution" to North Korea's nuclear threats because of Pyongyang's massed artillery targeting the South Korean capital.
Vipin Narang, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology specialising in nuclear strategy, warned against another suspension.
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The source said President Xi did not give an answer at that time.
Amid the current tensions, these calls have been gaining ground.
"My advice to our leadership is that we not dial back our exercises".
The allies could look to make a conciliatory gesture towards Pyongyang by not involving United States strategic assets such as stealth bombers or aircraft carriers, said Koo Kab-Woo, a professor at the Seoul-based University of North Korean Studies.
Although the US and South Korean militaries would respond quickly, the initial volleys could cause significant damage and panic. Kim appeared in photos sitting at a table with a large map marked by a straight line between what appeared to be northeastern North Korea and Guam, and passing over Japan - apparently showing the missiles' flight route.
"The US and President Trump also said, no matter what option they take about North Korea, all decisions will be made after consulting with and getting agreement with the Republic of Korea". "In that respect, North Korea is nearing the red line".
"So behind the scenes, there seems to be a fair amount of consensus", Green said.