USA to Suspend War Games With South Korea After Kim Summit

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

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 US intelligence community believes Kim is doing and why.

South Korea even had to intervene after that diplomatic row, and convince the United States not to follow that up with another war game.

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 war and has used them in a variety of large-scale drills created to sharpen skills and test troops' ability to operate effectively with their South Korean partners.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding he had agreed to stop the "war games" because he considers them "very provocative".

Nothing about the summit sat well with Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official.

"We're not there yet", he said.

And that ties in with what North Korea, South Korea and Russian Federation had already discussed at the Far East summit in Vladivostok last September, as Asia Times reported; economic integration between Russian Federation and the two Koreas, including the crucial connectivity of a future Trans-Korean railway with the Trans-Siberian. The North has traditionally railed against the joint exercises and charged that they are practice for an invasion.

"There were no surprises", she said.

That would restrict the possible candidates to a handful of men trusted by Kim within North Korea's highly opaque leadership circle.

"Secretary Pompeo is scheduled to visit Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday".

But he has chiefly dealt with inter-Korean relations, rather than nuclear issues, which have mostly been handled by the foreign ministry.

Many others watched live footage of the summit on their phones.

Trump's remarks also caused confusion among his Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

"The two leaders are certainly under great pressure to make the talks of the century a success", the editorial said.

Denuclearisation will be the first step toward peace on the peninsula and Australia and the International Atomic Energy Agency have both offered to verify the progress. The North has said that it wants a phased approach in dismantling its nuclear weapons program.

In his second and last telephone conversation with Mr Trump in just two days, Moon offered to discuss a joint excavation programme with North Korea to recover the remains of USA soldiers killed or captured in the Korean War, Cheong Wa Dae said earlier.

In contrast to the reaction of many nations, Iran issued a warning to North Korea.

Kim Yong Chol has spent almost 30 years in the intelligence community, including a stint as chief of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea's main spy agency.

The wording recalls Seoul's reaction to Trump's initial cancellation of the summit with Kim two weeks ago, after North Korean officials lobbed personal insults at National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence.

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