North Korea will reportedly host its own cryptocurrency and blockchain conference

Arturo Kim
August 30, 2018

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday "North Korea is under tremendous pressure from China" due to the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing.

"It would be an overstatement to say that the United States is trying to break apart the South-North relations, but it is a message that it is not comfortable with the current situation, knowing that the North has been reportedly violating sanctions", the Seoul-based expert added.

While insisting that he had a strong relationship with Mr Kim, the United States president threatened to restart joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan that would be "far bigger than ever before". He also warned joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan could be "far bigger than ever before". The exercises were postponed previous year until April after the completion of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in South Korea.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis says plans for next year's Foal Eagle exercise with South Korea are not cancelled yet, . adding to his previous remarks hinting at a possible resumption of the joint military exercises.

"We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises", Mattis said.

Foal Eagle is the first of four joint-military exercise that take place between South Korea and the US every year.

But North Korea has yet to prove a willingness to give up its nuclear weapons program unilaterally, as the White House demanded.

Pompeo was scheduled to visit North Korea again this week before the trip was cancelled last minute.

Tokyo had asked Trump to take up with Kim the issue involving Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mattis's comments come less than a week after Trump abruptly cancelled a trip by U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang, prompted by a strongly worded letter from North Korean officials.

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"As for the U.S".

South Korea's defence ministry said that nothing has been decided about whether to hold "Vigilant Ace" this year.

President Trump appears to be blaming China for derailing a U.S.

"There are ongoing exercises all the time on the peninsula", Mattis said.

On Monday, North Korea's state newspaper accused the U.S. of plotting to "unleash a war" on Pyongyang while continuing to negotiate "with a smile on its face".

It also accuses Beijing of providing North Korea with "considerable aid", suggesting Chinese help was softening the blow of worldwide sanctions on the regime in Pyongyang.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, .

"The bottom line is there was progress made; the whole world saw that progress when the two leaders sat down", Mattis said. "This affects American policy towards North Korea because North Korea is one of the key issues around which United States and Chinese interests pivot". North Korean officials even warned in a letter to U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that denuclearisation talks risked falling apart, US officials told Reuters.In particular, the North wants steps toward a peace treaty.

"I don't know if it is off the rails as much as they aren't making progress on key issues".

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