Most senior military officials caught off guard by Trump "war games" announcement

13 June, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • Who gained and who lost what from the Trump Kim summit

Pentagon officials scrambled for a clear message on Tuesday about the United States military presence in South Korea, after President Donald Trump vowed at his summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un to cancel "provocative" joint drills.

President Donald Trump's claim that he wants to end the "war games" that the USA carries out with South Korea is highly suspicious.

Mr. Trump told reporters in Singapore after his summit, "We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should". Nixon's visit was essential for world peace and North Korea [today] is a major threat to the entire world.

US President Donald Trump (L) with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R).

But one stunning step already taken by Trump - the suspension of U.S.

Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump and had been consulted in advance on all aspects of the Singapore talks.

"Conversations have been robust, there were no surprises".

After the Central Intelligence Agency informed Congress North Korea had built a centrifuge facility, another major step in the nuclear process, Pyongyang formally withdrew from the non-proliferation agreement in January 2003.

It was shocking, he said, because these exercises are fundamental to our military relationship with South Korea. That would have put us in a precarious position because it would have paved the legal pathway for the removal of USA troops from South Korea. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. "We have done these exercises for years with the South Koreans and so I would just ask the president, why do we need to suspend them?"

"If our alliances are getting weaker and we're not going to do military exercises, where is the pressure?" said Michael Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), during a phone briefing.

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Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing U.S. demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way. Economic penalties the USA imposes on Pyongyang relate to proliferation and human rights violations, issues North Korea has gone back on with the United States in previous agreements.

"I want to bring our soldiers back home", Trump said, although he added that it's "not part of the equation right now".

"My hope is that this meeting is not the end, rather the beginning of a means to the end".

The Republican chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said that it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit.

The European Union (EU) also praised the summit between the two leaders as a "crucial and necessary step", indicating that denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula could be achieved.

And what "exactly was the president committing to?" he added. Exercises will continue with South Korea.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had a one-on-one in Singapore today.

He said with a serious expression: "As one of the family members of abduction victims, I hate the North Korean leader and feel frustrated at him". And a joint venture by Chinese mining company Xiyang to build a mine in North Korea was terminated less than a year after production began.

But why were those military exercises taking place at all, and how did almost 29,000 USA troops end up in South Korea?

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