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Trump White House sows confusion on South Korean 'war games' pledge

13 June, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Ted Wilson
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As Trump has softened his stance toward North Korea in the past several months, dropping his "rocket man" insults and threats of military action, Fox News pundits have followed suit.

Tuesday saw the South Korean Presidential office say Seoul "needs to figure out the precise meaning and intention of Trump's comments".

North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and numerous scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged.

Passersby walk past in front of a huge TV screen reporting the summit between the US and North Korea, in Tokyo, Japan, June 12, 2018. Then he said: "We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".

Instead, DOJ issued a press release after midnight suggesting they will only meet with a group of select lawmakers to discuss the matter on the same day the North Korea summit opens in Singapore, according to numerous sources and a DOJ statement.

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"I think what the vice president said today - and we'll continue to clarify what the president had talked about - exercises will continue with South Korea", Gardner said during a news conference with other GOP leaders.

The US and South Korea are security allies, with about 30,000 American troops based in country to defend it from its northern neighbour, which launched an invasion in 1950. "Plus, I think it's very provocative".

This was seen by some analysts as a big victory for China, since Beijing had sought a "dual suspension" - or "freeze for freeze" - by which the United States and South Korea would freeze military exercises in exchange for the North suspending nuclear weapons testing. Every time the survey has been conducted, the greatest support has been for "continue diplomatic efforts to get North Korea to suspend its nuclear program". The agreement required Iran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions.

Despite a year-long stand-off over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile shield, China and the South found themselves on the same side last year after Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" when it tested missiles that Pyongyang said could reach the United States mainland. There are also annual springtime drills.

The summit was the first in history between a sitting U.S. President and a DPRK leader. Pundits gave obligatory acknowledgment of North Korea's human rights abuses but offered little criticism of why Trump didn't bring those issues up to Kim.

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