Home » World

No Plans to Cancel More Military Exercises with South Korea: Mattis

30 August, 2018, 16:48 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • An M109 A6 Paladin fires a round down range during 3rd Battalion 16th Field Artillery Regiment 210th Field Artillery Brigade 2nd Infantry Division  ROK-US Combined Division Table XII certification at Fire Point 95 Yeoncheon Republic of Korea Dec. 6 2

The announcement had come months after the US and South Korean forces earlier in the year postponed two Peninsula-wide exercises, Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, in a pledge to downsize military training until the Winter Olympics in South Korea had concluded.

"The US is trying to pressure North Korea into making progress in denuclearization talks, but certain developments in inter-Korean relations that are not in tandem with the progress in talks could distract their goal", said Kim Joon-hyung, an worldwide studies professor at Handong Global University. "This is not helpful!" he said in a series of tweets.

Trump had announced the suspension of military drills with South Korea in June, as an overture to Pyongyang, which saw the exercises as preparations for an invasion. -South Korea joint live-fire military exercise, at a training field, near the demilitarized zone, separating the two Koreas in Pocheon, South Korea April 21, 2017. If he does, they will be far bigger than ever before.

"We have not made decisions on that at this time and we'll do that in consultation with state", said Mattis, suggesting that the State Department would have a say depending on how talks with North Korea are progressing.

Foal Eagle is the first of four joint-military exercise that take place between South Korea and the US every year.

The move was broadly criticized as a premature concession to North Korea, which has resisted USA efforts to persuade it to give up its nuclear weapons.

As a result, the US last week shelved a planned trip to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing lack of progress on denuclearization, but remaining open to future talks.

According to the KDB unit, it will take time for the cryptocurrency industry to expand in North Korea, due to the lack of a blockchain infrastructure, high-performance computers, electric power, and networks to carry the internet, South Korean media Speconomy conveyed. "With North Korea and the US remaining stalemated, there is an even bigger need for an inter-Korea summit", Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House, told a briefing.

Feds 'encouraged' by signs of potential U.S.-Mexico deal on NAFTA
Canada and the USA are both on the eve of contentious mid-term elections, which could affect the timeline of the negotiations. They will now likely re-engage with Canada to reach a final deal on NAFTA , a primary goal of the Trump administration .

His words echoed those of the senior U.S. soldiers in South Korea.

"What it means in practical terms is that we're making no changes to the exercise program at this time", Mattis said.

Restarting military drills would likely infuriate North Korea, which has in the past responded to the annual drills with threats of force.

The United Nations Command declined the two Koreas' request to test-run a train on a cross-border railway last week, sources said Thursday, fueling speculation that the U.S. might be reluctant to support inter-Korean projects amid stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea. However, sources told CNN that if a compromise could not be reached between the two countries, and subsequent talks fail, the North could resume "nuclear and missile activities".

"The question is whether Trump will decide to go bellicose again, or just keep the fiction of the ongoing denuclearization process alive as long as possible", he said.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, . There has been no decision on large scale drills scheduled for early next year, Mattis said.

"This puts Moon in an extremely unpleasant situation", said Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert at Kookmin University.


  • Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan adopt dog

    Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan adopt dog

    We all know about the Duchess' love for animals and she has been always vocal about spreading animal care awareness. Meghan, who was an activist already before meeting Harry on a blind date, fits neatly into that life plan.
    China slams Trump's 'irresponsible' accusations over N Korea

    China slams Trump's 'irresponsible' accusations over N Korea

    The event is scheduled to conclude with a meet-and-greet with the business leaders of North Korea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced he was going to visit North Korea next week.
    Drug tunnel discovered under former KFC, officials say

    Drug tunnel discovered under former KFC, officials say

    When asked how long the tunnel had been in operation, Brown replied: "I do not have a precise date when the tunnel was built". An investigation revealed the tunnel, which was 22 feet deep under the border and about 2 feet wide at its broadest points.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - the best smartphone of 2018 (so far)

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - the best smartphone of 2018 (so far)

    To everyone's surprise, iPhone X passed every benchmark test with flying colors while Galaxy Note 9 struggled to keep up. This is the first time that the S Pen is functioning not only as a writing instrument, but as a remote control as well.
    Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

    Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points

    I think it's very easy and, if you defend by looking only at the ball, you can stay very high up the pitch. The season is about 38 games, but it is important to start as well as possible".
    Maryland leaders react to the death of John McCain

    Maryland leaders react to the death of John McCain

    House of Representatives also mourned McCain: "He was a patriotic, courageous hero who served his country above all". Senator John McCain passed away Saturday after battling brain cancer , according to a statement from his office.
  • 'God was with these guys': Tampa man recovering after Jacksonville mass shooting

    'God was with these guys': Tampa man recovering after Jacksonville mass shooting

    The couple said their thoughts are with the victims and their families, but also with the larger issue of gun control. Elijah Clayton Black, 22, and 28-year-old Taylor Robertson were killed, and 13 others were injured in the shooting.
    Arizona sports teams, athletes react to death of Sen. John McCain

    Arizona sports teams, athletes react to death of Sen. John McCain

    Senate to 50, with Democrats controlling 49. "It was a lovely visit", Benedict recalled. "Farewell, fellow Americans. The six-term Republican senator and one-time GOP presidential nominee has been away from Washington since December.
    Klopp Confirms Reds Star Will Miss Next 2 Games Due To Injury

    Klopp Confirms Reds Star Will Miss Next 2 Games Due To Injury

    The Seagulls bounced back from their opening-day 2-0 loss at Watford with a 3-2 win over Manchester United last weekend. He said: "For sure I need to get used to it". "Then we kept another clean sheet, which is so important.
  • New Australian PM gets to work; government support plummets

    New Australian PM gets to work; government support plummets

    In the wash up, Prime Minister Morrison has now announced a new cabinet and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has resigned. Turnbull became the fourth prime minister to be dumped by his or her own party since 2010 in response to poor opinion polling.
    Newcastle vs Chelsea, Premier League

    Newcastle vs Chelsea, Premier League

    But, while it's a new season and new manager at Chelsea , it's still the same superstar. Alvaro Morata keeps his place up front after scoring against Arsenal last time out.
    British Columbia Wildfire Smoke Creates Thick Haze in Okanagan

    British Columbia Wildfire Smoke Creates Thick Haze in Okanagan

    The Shovel Lake fire is considered to be the highest-priority of the more than 560 wildfires burning in B.C.as of Tuesday morning. Meteorologists said the air will keep clearing through the weekend as cloudy skies and a slight chance of showers is expected.


Donald Trump Won't Attend John McCain's Funeral, Says US Senator's Spokesman
So, the White House didn't break the rules, as Mr McCain died on Saturday and the flag was raised to its full height on Monday. Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff over the weekend in McCain's honor, but back at full-staff on Monday.

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Try to Trick O.J. Simpson Into Confessing
While Palin didn't technically appear on the show, her name did end up making it into the final credits . In the clip, Cohen is dressed up as a character named Gio Monaldo , an eccentric Italian billionaire.

Jeff Flake Says 'It's Tough To Imagine Politics' Without John McCain
Navy pilot, chose to remain, even through years of bodily torture, rather than abandon fellow American POWs. Trump later acknowledged that McCain was a hero, but refused to apologize in subsequent interviews .

Harry Kane hails 'massive' Tottenham Hotspur win at Old Trafford
Moreover, whereas Mourinho used to staunchly defend his players, at United he has routinely criticised his squad in public. Shortly after halftime, Spurs punished some feeble defending. "We worked very well during the week", he told reporters.

John McCain rival claims pre-death announcement was a political ploy
Sanders, who tweeted Sunday that McCain was a " great American " declined to comment on the Washington Post report Sunday. But they were flying at full-staff by Monday morning, even as the flags at the US Capitol remained at half-staff.

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, dozens of pages
The accounts were followed by a total of nearly 12 million people, Facebook said, adding that data had been preserved. Their case has drawn widespread condemnation from the US, United Nations and wider global community.

Police search for motive in mass shooting at Florida video game tournament
I went to shake his hand and just tell him good game and he just looked at me. "I was just praying for my life and I thank God". Graham and Levine are seeking the office now held by Republican Governor Rick Scott, who in turn is challenging Democratic U.S.

Popular YouTuber Kills Self, Two Others In Fiery Crash
He used the channel to discuss video games and promote custom products known as "skins" to alter the look of characters. The ban impeded his ability to trade the skins he had in his inventory - which could have been sold for over $100,000.

Worldwide oil prices slip as trade spat escalates
USA and Chinese officials were set to resume talks on Wednesday, but Trump said he expected there will be no real progress. Hedge funds and other money managers cut their bullish wagers on US crude futures to the lowest level since mid-June.

Cristiano Ronaldo says move to Juventus was 'destiny'
I'd like to teach him some things, but ultimately he will choose what to do and he'll always have my support. We'll go step by step and then we'll see: if it's this year, next year or the year after that...