Little Follow-Up From North Korea on Summit Promises

Arturo Kim
June 21, 2018

Trump said after the summit in Singapore that he would suspend the United States military's "war games" with South Korea unless and until the talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programme break down.

As for subsequent military drills, the spokesperson said, "We are still coordinating additional actions". Seoul's Defense Ministry said Friday that Defense Minister Song Young-moo held "deep" discussions about the drills with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in a telephone conversation Thursday evening.

The interview was jointly conducted by the state-run news agency Tass, broadcaster Russia-1 and the daily Rossiskaya Gazeta early Wednesday ahead of the first state visit by a South Korean president in 19 years and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The drill's suspension is likely the only concession that Trump could provide to Kim at a time when the North Korean leader has remained vague about his pledge to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "This will be a great economic gain to North Korea, as well as South Korea".

India had welcomed the United States-Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) Summit as a "positive development", saying it has "always supported all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy".

North Korea has historically demanded the withdrawal of USA troops from the South, there are signs that Kim Jong Un may be flexible on that, Reuters reported, although China has also raised concern about the presence of U.S. troops.

The final decision came after both Americans and Koreans decided the cancellation applied only to the next exercises, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, scheduled every year in August. -North Korea summit, to rid North Korea of its nuclear ambition.

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Trump surprised officials in Seoul and Washington last week when he abruptly announced that he was suspending military exercises with the South, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".

Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a command and control exercise created to "enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula", the Pentagon said.

The decision to halt military exercises in South Korea has bewildered many current and former USA defense officials, who only learned about it when Trump made his remarks.

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North and South Korea agreed to hold friendly basketball games in Pyongyang on July 4 and in Seoul this fall, and they want to form a joint team to participate in the 2018 Asian Games coming up in August at Palembang in Indonesia.

"No matter the changes in the worldwide and regional situation, China's party and government's resolute position on being dedicated to consolidating and developing Sino-North Korea relations will not change", the report cited Xi as saying.

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