Japan Concerned About Trump's Plans to Stop Joint Drills With Seoul

North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have arrived in Singapore for a historic meeting to end a nuclear standoff in the Korean peninsula

North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have arrived in Singapore for a historic meeting to end a nuclear standoff in the Korean peninsula

Chung Lee, who is owner of Kim's Korean Restaurant in Spokane, moved to the USA from South Korea more than 35 years ago. "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune". "Regarding the peace mechanism, I want to say China is an important party to the Korean Peninsula affairs and also signatory to the Armistice treaty". The amount of money we spend on that is incredible. However, "if North Korea does not prove willing to follow through, we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure". That has to do with the military expense and also the trade. On May 24, North Korea began demolishing its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. We have to talk to them. We have to talk to countries about treating us fairly.

Trump added in an interview with ABC News that he had questioned what the exercises cost, noting that "we're flying planes in from Guam, we're bombing empty mountains for practice".

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US Forces Korea (USFK), which comprises about 28 500 troops permanently based in South Korea, received no immediate new guidance on upcoming joint training exercises, including so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian scheduled for later this year.

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"Everybody is interested in the summit right now", she said.

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


While many North Korea experts and defectors welcome the ease in tensions between the USA and North Korea, they faulted Trump for overtly praising an authoritarian leader and failing to bring up human rights violations within North Korea.

It marks a contrast from 2014, when Trump tweeted about Rodman being "either drunk or on drugs" in response to the former National Basketball Association star's suggestion the two might travel to North Korea together. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to come to America, he wants to enjoy his life, he wants his people to enjoy this life", Rodman said, adding to the AP that "He loves Americans".

"Plus, I think it's very provocative", he noted, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw United States troops from the South.

White House officials have said that Rodman would play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations. With dozens of aircraft and some ships involved in some of them, they do collectively cost millions of dollars, but the operations are part of the Pentagon's plans to stay prepared for all possibilities, including war.

Trump's announcement that the United States would stop military exercises and his suggestion that he wants to pull USA troops out at some point are "things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

"That's why we're doing it".

The president later told reporters he'd halt US-South Korea joint military drills, which stunned both Seoul and Washington.

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