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India welcomes Trump-Kim summit; calls it 'positive development'

India welcomes Trump-Kim summit; calls it 'positive development'”

The Pentagon has yet to announce whether any military exercises will be halted or scaled back.

Washington and Seoul conduct two major sets of military exercises each year - Foal Eagle and Key Resolve in the spring and Ulchi Freedom Guardian in the fall.

Saying the controversial talks between him and Kim and between Trump and Kim were the right thing to do, Rodman said: "We need the doors to be open and start fresh and make this world a better place, baby, that's it". "But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it's very provocative".

Geng said Beijing would continue to fulfil its worldwide obligations and play a constructive role on the Korean peninsula.

In the wake of Trump's unexpected, nearly offhand comments to reporters, the Pentagon had nothing to say about the future of the war games. Trump tried something new.

"June is a historic month for South Koreans since there are many milestones such as NK-US summit, local elections as well as 2018 FIFA World Cup", said a Papa John's Korea official.

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.

The South Korean government also appeared caught off guard.

The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries. "By granting a meeting with Chairman Kim, President Trump has granted a brutal and repressive dictatorship the worldwide legitimacy it has long craved".

But Alyssa Farah, a spokeswoman for Pence, quickly tweeted following Gardner's remarks that the vice president "didn't say this at the Senate lunch today". Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, who were briefed by Vice President Pence. But Obama wouldn't listen, Rodman said. I had no one to hear me, no one to see me, but I knew it. Former U.S. negotiators who have twice tried to achieve denuclearization with the North were quick to point out that that was a far weaker statement than either the 1994 "Agreed Framework" with the Clinton administration or the 2005 "Six-Party Talks" deal with George W. Bush.

His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only past year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.

"It's really breathtaking", said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Unlike Trump, Obama brushed off Rodman's efforts to act as a mediator between Kim and the United States.

Even some Republicans in Congress seemed uneasy.

Such complimentary snacks were not for sale commercially, the company said, but rather a show of support for the press and related officials' hard work on the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump also seemed annoyed that US bomber aircraft make six-plus hour flights from the Pacific island of Guam to the Korean peninsula as part of its exercise routine.

About 30 minutes later, Gardner followed up his original comments with a clarification - that the vice president "went on to say while this readiness training and exchanges will occur, war games will not". "I know a lot about airplanes; it's very expensive".

The United States has about 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea as part of the longstanding alliance between the two countries that fought together in the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953.



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