South Korea Didn't See This Coming - Cortney O'Brien

Marco Green
June 12, 2018

The meeting on Tuesday between the U.S. president and North Korea's leader, unthinkable until recent months and uncertain until June 1, is a high-stakes and politically risky venture into summit diplomacy by two unpredictable personalities who have famously exchanged personal insults and threats of war.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly gone to extreme measures to prevent his enemies getting an insight into the state of his health during the Singapore summit - including bringing his very own toilet.

Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a "provocative" drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.

South Korea was apparently caught off guard by President Trump's announcement that the canceling their long held joint military exercises in exchange for a promise from North Korea to denuclearize. Moscow is positive about the results of the US-North Korea summit for settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS, adding though that details of the reached agreements are important. "What will those 28,000 troops in South Korea do now?"

Pompeo is scheduled to immediately fly to Seoul and Beijing after the summit to brief South Korean allies and Chinese officials on the discussions, reflecting the reality than any solutions in the region will need buy-in from those nations. "Does he want an immediate, total cessation, no more training exercises? I think it's inappropriate to be having war games".

"I said when I first started, why do the bombers come from Guam?"

"What I did say, it's very provocative, when you see that and you have a country next door". But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money.

About 28,500 USA troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, which ended in 1953 in an armistice that left the two Koreas technically still at war.

He added that it's "totally premature" to discuss the United States withdrawing its nuclear umbrella from the Korea peninsula in exchange for the total denuclearization of North Korea.

North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force".

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. -South Korea alliance is the USA troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.

"South Korea will have mixed feelings toward Trump's remarks", said Lee Il-woo, a director at Korea Defense Network in Seoul. "South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn't mean much if the militaries don't practice through joint drills", said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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