Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Military says it's received no guidance about canceling Korean war games

Military says it's received no guidance about canceling Korean war games

"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns".

"It's everything", said Kim Ji-hye.

"North Korea has committed to a complete denuclearisation".

The Singapore joint statement enshrines exactly what the Russia-China strategic partnership - formalized in the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit - was suggesting from the beginning: a double freeze.

The U.S. had previously said it would never make such a move because the military exercises were part of its military alliance with South Korea and served as a deterrent to Kim Jong-un.

The summit was the first in history between a sitting U.S. President and a DPRK leader. Tensions between the United States and North Korea have historically soared in the spring, when the largest exercises take place.

The main divisions in South Korea trace established political lines.

Pompeo is travelling to South Korea on Wednesday to personally brief South Korean president Moon Jae-in on the summit, after Trump held a 20-minute phone briefing with Moon on Tuesday.

But the fissures run deeper than just party identity.

Trump also announced on Tuesday that the USA would cease its joint military drills with South Korea - an apparent concession to Pyongyang, which has repeatedly claimed that the drills are merely a pretext for a strike on the North. Rights activists complain that Moon and Trump are letting the North off the hook over its atrocious record of abuses and repression.

The South Korean government also appeared caught off guard.

And the list goes on. Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive".

"At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump's comments", Seoul's Defense Ministry said, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

One South Korean official was quoted as saying he was "shocked" by that description.

"The core of the U.S".

On Monday, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that there had been no discussions on future withdrawals of US troops from Korea.

The US and South Korea are security allies, with about 30,000 American troops based in country to defend it from its northern neighbour, which launched an invasion in 1950.

"I think it's very provocative". Interestingly, South Korea now says it wants "clarity" on the end to the war games.

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both said the issue of the Japanese abductions was discussed in today's meeting. "This summit and the dialogues that follow will definitely put us into greater danger".

Why is Kim seeking nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the United States?

"I think this time what's different is we trust the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim".

"If North Korea is no longer an issue, then what is the goal of leaving the troops here?" "Withdraw, withdraw, withdraw", they chant.

"I'm equally confident in what Secretary Mattis said", he added. "This isn't a person who was elected into office".

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