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

South Korea alarmed after Trump says no more war games

South Korea alarmed after Trump says no more war games

North Korea said Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had told leader Kim Jong Un that he meant to halt joint U.S.

"But again, as we learn from the past, North Korea will agree to take these steps, but you can't trust them ultimately to fulfill what they commit to", he said.

But that's what state-run news outlets do, taking advantage of every shred of propaganda it can to prop up the hermit nation's bonafides, USA Today reports.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the Singapore summit an "epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world", USAT reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Singapore on June 12, 2018, in this photo captured from the website of The Straits Times.

If North Korea's input into United States military decisions keeps up, the entire rationale for U.S. forces in South Korea could be quickly undermined, leaving a gap China would likely fill to displace the USA as the region's dominant power.

In the face of the North's constant protest, the allies' militaries have defended the exercises as purely defensive in nature.

The straight-faced Prime Minister replied grumpily: 'Well, there aren't any American troops in North Korea'.

The emerging detente between United States and North Korea represents a step forward in world peace.

In response to Trump's suggestion that an agreement to formally end the Korean War might take place soon, Nam said the Moon administration would not hasten the process and that there was "no timeframe" set for the process.

Taiwanese container line Yang Ming told TradeWinds: "The meeting between USA president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is undoubtedly a historical moment". "At some point, I want to get our soldiers out, get them back home, but not right now".

Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed.

In his second and last telephone conversation with Mr Trump in just two days, Moon offered to discuss a joint excavation programme with North Korea to recover the remains of U.S. soldiers killed or captured in the Korean War, Cheong Wa Dae said earlier.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the US and South Korea", Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said. But the apparently major concession to President Kim immediately startled South Korea.

Trump and Kim in Singapore on Tuesday.

"Max Thunder" is an annual "war game" involving dozens of US and South Korean fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft.

Also, the US forces stationed at South Korea admitted that Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command had given them "no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and hence will continue to coordinate with their Seoul counterparts and maintain their current positions until further notice.

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