In 2013, exercises raised tensions considerably on the Korean Peninsula with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea threatening a nuclear strike. This year, they appear to be toned down with no aircraft carriers or strategic bombers. Is this to placate Pyongyang’s concerns? What is the point of these exercises and what is the likelihood of direct DPRK-U.S. talks to defuse tensions? CCTV’s Anand Naidoo is joined by Charles Armstrong, professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University, to discuss these questions.