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

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

Amid the growing mood for a thaw in relations between the two Koreas and between the US and the North, the talk of a reduction in the USFK has persisted.

"When I watch some of those things, I'm kind of embarrassed for those people, as great things are going on", Melissa Francis, the co-host of "Outnumbered", said after the program aired a reel of journalists criticizing Trump's praise of Kim and the president's slapdash approach to the summit.

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.

In April, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had held a historic summit to bring lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.

The US president meanwhile told reporters after the summit that he would suspend war games with South Korea, which he described as "expensive" and "provocative".

It appears follow-up talks to the North Korea-US summit will be essential, as the agreement reached on Tuesday on North Korea's denuclearization was made at a broad level without details.

USA forces in South Korea said it has "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.

"I want to get our soldiers out". In case of the United States and North Korea, it didn't happen as extensively as one would expect for North Korea is too isolated a country yet to engage in all-out diplomatic parleys.

"I think Iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago", he added.

The move appears to be based on the "freeze for freeze" proposal mooted by China, under which North Korea would stop nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a halt to the military exercises.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in partnership with AP-GfK, conducts a regular survey on foreign policy that includes a series of questions about what actions Americans support or oppose the U.S. taking to pressure North Korea to stop building its nuclear weapons program.

But analysts said with the easing of tensions, China and South Korea were not likely to continue fully enforcing the tough measures needed to make sure North Korea makes good on its latest promises.

Trump has also expressed the hope that both China and South Korea will play a major part in developing North Korea's economy, something Kim is seeking.

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