Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

South Korean in Wichita reacts to meeting with North Korea

The US-South Korean exercise calendar hits a high point every year The US-South Korean exercise calendar hits a high point every year
Jeannette Daniel | 13 June, 2018, 18:27

And not by accident South Korea wants to connect deeper with both BRI and the EAEU. It is said that he's keen on keeping all details about his health and his personal life a secret.

The country's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said drills and the U.S. military presence in South Korea were "vital to security in East Asia".

Amid the growing mood for reconciliation, the possibility has emerged that Seoul and Washington could consider scaling back the regular annual drills, including the summertime Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG).

"Under the circumstances that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal, I think it's inappropriate to have war games", Trump said of the joint military exercises that for decades have bolstered USA and South Korean readiness.

"We will stop the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", the U.S. president said at the press conference after the talks. "I think nobody can doubt the extremely unique and important role China has played".

"It is up to the United States and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises".

"Kim Jong-un is desperate", said Hong. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters earlier this month that the troops are "not going anywhere".

No place has more at stake with the outreach to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. Fiscal-minded South Koreans wonder if possible reunification could drain the South's treasury.

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Echoing North Korean language, Mr Trump described the military exercises as "very provocative". The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.

A presidential spokesman, in a cautious response, said Seoul needed to understand "the exact meaning and intention" of Mr Trump's remarks. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. - although that was immediately disputed by Pence's office.

It said that Kim and Trump had a candid exchange of views and in-depth discussion on establishing "new" bilateral relations and building a permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. would also stop joint military exercises in South Korea.

According to the Pentagon, about 28,500 USA troops are stationed in South Korea. "In one, NK called the Chinese to tell them Trump agreed military exercises would cease". In his view, preparedness equates to more effective deterrence - persuading potential adversaries they can not win and thus should not attack.

Trump's statement was portrayed by critics as an unreciprocated concession.

"Stopping the joint exercises has been a long-term goal for North Korea and China", two Asia analysts, Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry, wrote in a summit assessment for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "And if diplomacy fails, as a last resort, Democrats and Republicans need to put the military option on the table or we will never get a good deal". But at his post-summit news conference, the United States president described them as "very provocative".

The White House contradicted him at first, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said more recently that the USFK issue should not be made public so that U.S. and North Korean leaders can take the liberty to make right decisions.

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