Trump's Freeze of Korea Joint Exercises Catches Allies by Surprise

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2018

Trump's announcement also appeared to surprise both the US and South Korean militaries, who said they hadn't received any instruction to cease the joint military drills, including the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises scheduled to take place this fall.

North Korean state news agency KCNA has celebrated the promise, reporting that Mr Kim demanded the urgent cessation of "irritating and hostile military actions" during the summit.

China also wants Trump and Kim to "establish mutual trust" and "overcome difficulties" to establish a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, Wang said. Col. Jennifer Lovett, a spokeswoman at the US military command in South Korea, said the command "has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises". -South Korea military exercises would make "some degree of sense" if North Korea had requested it and the USA had agreed to do so as a signal of good faith, but noted that the concessions Washington received from Pyongyang at the summit were "almost non-existent".

Ms Bishop has cautiously welcomed the overall progress in the summit but warned North Korea's denuclearisation must be thoroughly verified and dismissed Mr Trump's concession on military exercises. -South Korea joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test in East Coast, South Korea, July 5, 2017.

"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns", he added. U.S. Forces Korea said it was unaware of any policy change.

With both annual "war games" concluded until 2019, Trump now has time to hammer out a concrete agreement on denuclearization with Kim, details of which were scant in the deal signed between the two leaders.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter.

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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.

"It's important that we don't lose sight of the fact that Kim Jong Un is a butcher and he is a butcher of his own people", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said Tuesday. "It clearly was not part of the declaration and so we have to take the declaration as being the areas of agreement and build on that", Ms Bishop said.

"Now Kim Jong Un has declared that he's the ruler of a "normalized" country".

Wednesday's report also said that the summit would help "in making a radical switchover in the most hostile DPRK-U.S. relations" that had "lingered for the longest period on the earth".

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the US and South Korea", Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said.

About 29,000 U.S. soldiers are based in the South, under a security agreement reached after the war ended in 1953.

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