Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump's vow to end US-South Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard

Trump's vow to end US-South Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard

Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign of crippling trade and economic sanctions for bringing Kim to the negotiating table and vowed to keep them in place until North Korea complies with its promises.

Mount said it's not clear whether Kim requested the freeze or whether Trump offered it unilaterally.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

US soldiers hang a South Korean flag on top of their tank during a military exercise north of Seoul, South Korea, on May 30, 2013.

"There's no history of this family ever having not lied to the West", Shapiro said.

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

He called the drills "provocative", and said ending the exercises will also save the USA money. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.

"We still look at Trump and the USA behavior with pessimism and we can not be optimistic about the USA behavior", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Behram Qassemi said Monday, alluding to the USA president's dropping of JCPOA - the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by Barack Obama.

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She said: "Where we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so, and air the issue openly and frankly". The United States pays enormous tariffs on dairy.

His comments echoed those of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said on Monday talks between the countries were "moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated".

Lovett said, as of now, the USA military plans to "continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance" from the Department of Defense or Indo-Pacific Command.

Trump said he has no plans to reduce the US military troop presence as part of security assurances for the North, but he left open the possibility that he will do so in the future.

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.

The remarks were made by foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a briefing in Beijing after Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised the summit - the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting United States president - as "creating a new history".

"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns", he said.

The troops and war games were not mentioned in the final summit document, which focused on security guarantees and a general commitment to denuclearization.

Moon however cautioned that this was "just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead".

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