India welcomes Trump-Kim Singapore summit

Lloyd Doyle
June 12, 2018

"The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them", Trump told a news conference in Singapore after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Pentagon was not immediately able to flesh out Trump's remarks about suspending drills, a move the USA military has long resisted.

His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only past year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.

Trump denied making any concessions to the Pyongyang, but he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un finished their summit by signing an agreement committing the United States to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

South Korea said last month that the issue of US troops stationed there was unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement were signed.

Seoul's presidential office told The Associated Press that it was trying to parse Trump's comments.

"The coordination with South Korean military is absolutely critical".

"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea lieutenant-colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.

Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

He said: "We have done exercises for a long period of time, working with South Korea and we call them war game and I call them war games".


North Korea has called for an end to the exercises as part of the United States' ending its "hostile policy" toward the country.

"I was shocked when he called the exercises 'provocative, ' a very unlikely word to be used by a US president", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because it was a politically sensitive issue.

The meeting on Tuesday between the USA president and North Korea's leader, unthinkable until recent months and uncertain until June 1, is a high-stakes and politically risky venture into summit diplomacy by two unpredictable personalities who have famously exchanged personal insults and threats of war.

"Number one we save money - a lot".

"What I did say, it's very provocative, when you see that and you have a country next door".

He added that it's "totally premature" to discuss the United States withdrawing its nuclear umbrella from the Korea peninsula in exchange for the total denuclearization of North Korea.

Joint U.S. -South Korean exercises, pushed by the Pentagon as essential to alliance-building and military readiness, will stop "unless and until" negotiations go poorly, Trump said.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"We actually have a new deal with South Korea in terms of the trade deal but we have to talk to many countries about trading us fairly".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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