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Trump Calls War Games 'Provocative', Vows Suspension; US Allies React

Trump Calls War Games 'Provocative', Vows Suspension; US Allies React”

President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement that he will suspend USA military drills in South Korea appeared to catch the Pentagon and the Seoul government flat-footed, and it contradicted a pillar of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' campaign to make US troops more combat-ready.

"In coordination with our ROK [South Korean] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense and/or Indo-Pacific Command", the U.S. Forces-Korea statement said.

Tuesday's summit was the first time a sitting United States president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.

And that ties in with what North Korea, South Korea and Russian Federation had already discussed at the Far East summit in Vladivostok last September, as Asia Times reported; economic integration between Russian Federation and the two Koreas, including the crucial connectivity of a future Trans-Korean railway with the Trans-Siberian.

In the summit agreement, Kim and Trump affirmed their commitment to "complete" denuclearization, falling short of the U.S.'s longtime demand for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

While many support the close military co-operation with the USA as a key ally for the security it provides, critics say they are an unnecessary provocation and stand in the way of easing tensions with Pyongyang.

"War games are very expensive", he said, raising the issue of their cost.

"We will stop the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", the U.S. president said at the press conference after the talks.

Trump was also asked about whether North Korea's human rights record came up at the summit, and he told ABC News that the issue was discussed "briefly" and then "at length".

President Trump also announced an end to annual joint military exercises with South Korea.

Questions have been raised about the agreement signed by Trump and Kim on Tuesday, which offers virtually nothing in the way of specifics on how the North plans to dismantle its nuclear arsenal.

'There have been many disappointments along the road to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Both leaders expressed optimism about future relations and the denuclearization effort.

After meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday, Trump announced the USA will be "stopping the war games" on the Korean peninsula, describing them as expensive and "provocative".

That would go against what the Trump administration has said so far.

Critics have said the agreement does not go almost far enough or hold significant weight.

"Wow. If this is it.this is depressing", Robert E. Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, tweeted. Even some professed liberals see the military drills as more than just soldiers training. "This looks pretty generic".



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