SEOUL, The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States held phone talks on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's abrupt decision to suspend the planned high-level inter-Korean talks, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo exchanged views on Pyongyang's move in protest against the allies' ongoing annual air drills, and other issues of mutual concern, the ministry said in a press release.

Kang explained to Pompeo Seoul's position on the delay of the cross-border talks and noted Seoul's "firm" resolve to implement the recent inter-Korean summit agreement and its plan to urge the communist state to quickly come out for talks.

Pompeo was quoted as saying that Washington will continue preparations for its summit with Pyongyang in Singapore on June 12, while paying attention to the North's reactions.

The annual two-week Max Thunder exercise began on Friday, involving 100 aircraft, including eight F-22 radar-evading fighter jets, as well as F-15Ks and F-16s. The North lambasted the drills as a rehearsal for invasion and a provocation amid thawing inter-Korean ties.

Source: Yonhap News Agency