China says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2018

China appears to be repeating calls for stability on the Korean Peninsula and trying to sway the US -N.

The U.S. government canceled military exercises with South Korea in the 1990s while attempting to negotiate with North Korea, but they were ultimately reinvigorated when Pyongyang balked at allowing inspectors to look at their nuclear sites.

On Tuesday, the USA and South Korean militaries confirmed they have called off upcoming joint exercises following Trump's order.

Apart from a potentially lucrative cross-border trade, China has also strategic interests in the Korean peninsula, which includes being wary of U.S. military presence in South Korea. Yonhap said, however, that some joint training would continue.

"The South Korean and the United States defense ministries would maintain close coordination to make sure there is no daylight in the combined forces' readiness posture", the ministry said. "Nothing has yet been decided, and it is still in discussion". -South Korean "war games".

Until recently Trump had pursued a "maximum pressure" campaign - with both China and South Korea on board - of tough rhetoric and tightened sanctions against Pyongyang.

However, South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked for cooperation on the issue.

Trump and Kim met last Tuesday in Singapore in their countries' first-ever summit.

Roughly 28,000 USA troops are stationed in South Korea as a deterrent measure.

In an interview last Wednesday with Fox News, he again said he hopes to pull the U.S. Forces Korea out as soon as possible because it costs a lot of money.

The decision came a week after Trump's remark that he would end "provocative war games" with South Korea after his summit with Kim in Singapore.

Relations between the two communist nations appear to have strengthened in recent months as Beijing seeks to reward North Korea for their recent peace initiatives.

The allies' militaries have long defended their regular exercises as purely "defensive in nature", rejecting the North's persistent claim that the drills are aimed at making a nuclear foray into the North's territory. That would mean that even if North Korea did conduct some kind of ceremony to "disable" a previously used launch site, it would effectively be meaningless given that these kinds of road-mobile launchers are created to enable launch from a variety of locations. Editorials have also urged the global community to relieve sanctions against the regime as a reward for denuclearization.

"The political commitments contained within these two documents could not be stronger", he said, adding that, "the unprecedented top down approach culminating in the adoption of these two important documents should be duly noted". "I believe that they will find a midway point". Trump's critics charged that he had made a concession to Kim for nothing in return. They say the weapons are important to maintaining his family's leadership of the country.

The Pentagon has officially suspended planning for its August "war game" with South Korea, it announced Monday.

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