Trump contradicts U.S. military stance on Korea war games

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"He was not surprised, he was consulted", Mattis's spokeswoman Dana White told reporters.

His statement follows a report from the New York Times, which criticized the White House for lacking a scientific advisory team.

In an unprecedented meeting on Tuesday between leaders of the USA and North Korea, chairman Kim Jong-un has agreed to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and to "the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

"It is the case that we are prepared to make security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in that denuclearization", stated Pompeo.

Photographs of the agreement signed by both leaders, who have now left Sentosa, reveal Kim Jong-un "reaffirmed his unwavering commitment" to denuclearisation adding the "world will see a major change".

If implemented, the end of military exercises could be one of the most concrete and controversial moves to arise from Trump's summit with Kim, who pledged to pursue denuclearization but offered no details.

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Speaking at a press conference following the summit, Trump said: "Now we can have hope that [the war] will soon end and it will, it will soon end".

"Ambassador Hill attended the six-party talks that occurred intermittently starting in 2003 between China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea and the United States". But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money.

Though the Pentagon has claimed all those war games, most of which simulate attacks on North Korea, are "necessary", analysts say they doubt suspending them will have any real impact on USA military capabilities.

That US command said it had "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises". I expect he has experts that know about the issues to give him good advice and I hope the president kind goes into it slowly.

Commentators worldwide were quick to point out that far from achieving a commitment to "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization that he had trumpeted ahead of the summit, Trump merely persuaded Kim to work "towards" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In a later interview with the Voice of America, Trump said the North Koreas were "very happy" about his decision to freeze the exercises "because it is so provocative". If President Trump can't take Kim to task for that, then no dictator need worry about American censure.

In exchange, Mr. Trump abruptly agreed to cancel joint military drills with South Korea, praising the progress made between the two historic adversaries.

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In his annual New Year speech in January, Kim told his countrymen that the generations-long effort to construct a nuclear deterrent was complete, meaning his government could focus full time on developing the economy.

Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump's comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along - that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional USA president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors. "The pressure campaign", Tillerson promised, "w [ould] continue until North Korea takes decisive steps to denuclearize".

Chung Lee, who is owner of Kim's Korean Restaurant in Spokane, moved to the USA from South Korea more than 35 years ago.

North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force". "For all of President Trump's insistence that he is a great negotiator. he got nothing".

Between 1950 and 1953, during the Korean War, 35,000 American soldiers died and 7,700 are still listed as missing in action.

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