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Trump contradicts United States military stance on Korea war games

13 June 2018

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday. "We have no intention of changing our joint drills with the US", Itsunori Onodera said.

"Kim should be the most likely partner of Pompeo, having worked with him before and knowing well about what Kim Jong Un wants", said Cheong Seong-chang, a North Korea leadership expert at the Sejong Institute south of Seoul. If Washington does not bring back its military from South Korea, there will be no denuclearization.

Since he was on the campaign trail, Trump has called on Seoul to pay much more for the upkeep of the USFK and has ordered USA negotiators to make sure that Seoul pays over 1.5 times more than its current annual share of W960.2 billion (US$1=W1,078).

A top government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said officials here were still trying to figure out if Trump's reference to "war games" really meant all the drills, whose biggest maneuvers can include more than 300,000 USA and South Korean soldiers and others.

On Monday, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that there had been no discussions on future withdrawals of USA troops from Korea. "In one, NK called the Chinese to tell them Trump agreed military exercises would cease".

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Away from the TV, the former "Rocket Man", now respectfully recast in Trump terminology as "Chairman Kim", did strike a formidable coup by completely erasing the dreaded acronym CVID - or "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" - from the final text of the Singapore joint statement.

"It's really breathtaking", said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Trump delivered it while getting nothing in return beyond the same generalities that North Korea has been offering since the early 1990s".

Even some Republicans in Congress seemed uneasy about this.

"The greatest achievement of the summit was that Trump's comments show his confidence in resolving any issues [with Kim]", Nam said in a brief meeting with a small group of reporters in Singapore.

Trump made a big concession to North Korea by suspending joint military drills with South Korea.

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South Korea's presidential office said Mr Pompeo will meet President Moon on Thursday morning to discuss President Trump's denuclearisation talks with Mr Kim. People have been down this road before, but I'm not also going to be unduly negative, ' Mr Shorten told reporters in Perth.

He also believes this deal will hurt America and South Korea financially. "South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the global community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Klug reported from Singapore.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the focus was now on North Korea's response.

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Trump contradicts United States military stance on Korea war games