Kim Jong Un commits to ‘complete denuclearization’ after meeting with Trump

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

The stunning, nearly offhand comments, made during a news conference hours after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, contradicted countless previous declarations by United States political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely crucial.

"I hated to do it", Mr. Trump told Mr. Hannity. But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money. North Korea also insists that the U.S. troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North.

Trump explained during a post-summit news conference that inspectors will be sent into North Korea to verify the country is moving forward with denuclearization.

The comments could fundamentally change the way the United States, whose alliance with Seoul was forged after a 1950 surprise attack by the North started the Korean War, operates in South Korea.

However, relations with North Korea, which had seemed to go well, broke down under former President George W. Bush after the US accused North Korea of having an enriched uranium program, a major step in the nuclear weapon building process.

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

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. Trump attributed the move as a cost-saving measure.

Admittedly, Trump said Kim was very pleased with the development.

"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. At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns".

Trump said the so-called "military games" would restart if the Kim regime begins acting in bad faith. His parents are good friends of mine.

"I think President Trump was a little too generous to Xi Jinping because over the last three months we have seen blatant sanctions violations by China", he told Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria".

While an armistice agreement in 1953 ended active hostilities in the Korean War, neither side ever signed a peace treaty, making the Korean War one of history's longest ongoing military conflicts.

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