Trump's Freeze of Korea Joint Exercises Catches Allies by Surprise

14 June, 2018, 15:02 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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"At this point, we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump's remarks", a Blue House spokesman said.

The seemingly off-the-cuff remarks, which were not written into the joint document signed by Kim and Trump at their summit, stunned South Korea and even came as a surprise to US forces in Korea, which said that they had yet to receive updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises, including the joint drills scheduled for August. "But that's not part of the equation right now", Trump said.

"If North Korea is no longer an issue, then what is the objective of leaving the troops here?"

Trump has been tweeting about his talks with Kim since Air Force One returned to the United States early Wednesday morning, arguing that the talks with North Korea have made the USA safer.

Japan has expressed concern at Donald Trump's decision to halt military exercises with South Korea.

The Secretary-General also drew attention to the humanitarian situation in North Korea, where the United Nations estimates more than 10 million people, or 40 per cent of the population, require assistance. If President Trump threatens to remove or does, in a phased manner, remove some troops from South Korea, he may calculate that this sends simultaneously a stern message to South Korea: If you don't pay up more money to cover the costs of United States soldiers that are stationed in South Korea, then we may just pull all the troops and abandon you, leave you to fend for yourself.


"Shared objectives to denuclearize and an agreement to continue the negotiations". According to US forces in South Korea, they're still on until an order to cancel has been issued.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that Trump "agreed to forgo joint exercises with the South Koreans, which has been a bulwark of our defense policy for decades, without significant concessions like a concrete timeline for denuclearization from the other side".

Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement that offered few specifics but included promises of USA security guarantees and a reiteration from Kim of his country's commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". DPRK is the abbreviation for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "I also think they're very expensive".

Launched in 2002, the six-party talks were aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear programme through negotiations involving China, the US, North and South Korea, Japan and Russian Federation.

He lionised Mr Trump for achieving "a feat that no one else has ever delivered", adding Mr Kim would also be remembered as "a leader who made a historic moment by taking the first bold step toward the world".

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