South Korean President spent ‘sleepless night’ in excitement, says office

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

While President Trump might be correct that his threat to rain "fire and fury" on the Korean Peninsula helped get Kim to the table (and perhaps persuaded Xi to cajole him there), the opportunity to convert that leverage into real denuclearization has been squandered.

On June 26, 2017, Scott Bray, who works for the director of national intelligence as the national intelligence manager for East Asia, gave a public speech explaining what the USA intelligence community believes Kim is doing and why.

With both Trump and Kim now having exchanged invitations to each other's countries, the USA president sees a promising personal relationship with his North Korean counterpart as the key to further progress.

KCNA reported that Kim had won support from Trump for "the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace".

"Everybody is interested in the summit right now", she said.

Washington has described the drills as defensive in nature, but Pyongyang says they are a rehearsal for invasion and has long called for them to end.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Singapore on June 12, 2018, in this photo captured from the website of The Straits Times.

President Donald Trump's announcement that the USA will stop military exercises with South Korea startled Tokyo and Seoul, unsettled U.S. lawmakers, and took at least some parts of the Pentagon by surprise. Tensions between the USA and North Korea have historically soared in the spring, when the largest exercises take place.

"We've adhered to the position of considering [the halt] during the process of dialogue even in the past", he added, asking the outlets to refer to a previous statement from the Blue House.

"At this moment we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning and intention of this comment", the statement read.

"We will stop the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", the United States president said at the press conference after the talks.

No place has more at stake with the outreach to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo is travelling to South Korea on Wednesday to personally brief South Korean president Moon Jae-in on the summit, after Trump held a 20-minute phone briefing with Moon on Tuesday.

A researcher with a government-funded think tank here said, "If there continues to be a difference of opinions over cost sharing, it's possible that demands for the USFK withdrawal or reduction will come from Seoul or Washington first, not Pyongyang".

Kim is reportedly scheduled to depart Singapore just seven hours after his meeting with Trump is set to begin. "History is a record of people who take action and rise to a challenge".

"We welcome the negotiations of chairman of the State Affairs Commission of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump", the Ministry said in a statement.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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