Friday, 14 December, 2018

South Korea Blindsided By Trump War Games Agreement

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a meeting in Tianjin on Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a meeting in Tianjin on Friday Credit Alexei Druzhinin TASS
Priscilla Morrison | 12 June, 2018, 19:54

"They are tremendously expensive, the amount of money we spend on that is incredible and South Korea contributes but not 100 percent which is certainly a subject that we need to talk to them about also and that has to do with the military expenditures and also the trade".

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.

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. Under the circumstances that we are negotiating a very comprehensive, complete deal, I think it is very inappropriate to have war games.

After the talks, the USA president said that the process of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula will begin very soon and the North Korean leader promised to leave the past behind.

It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of USA troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.

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

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Kim arrived in the city with a bullet-proof limousine and a portable toilet in tow, according to South Korean newspaper Chosun.

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".

"I said when I first started, why do the bombers come from Guam?"

"Number one we save money - a lot".

A reduction in US troops on the Korean peninsula was not on the table in discussions with Kim, but Trump said that "at some point" he wants "to get our soldiers out". North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S. -DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity. There are also annual springtime drills. -South Korea alliance is the US troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.

There have been many reports about the lengths that North Korea will go to protect Kim's 'excretions.' In 2015, South Korean news agency DailyNK reported that Kim keeps a customized bathroom in his convoy of vehicles at all times. "South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn't mean much if the militaries don't practice through joint drills", said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy.

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