Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump vows to 'stop the war games' after Singapore summit

Trump vows to 'stop the war games' after Singapore summit

This week, South Korean food and beverage giant SPC Group provided over 4,000 sets of bread and beverages at North Korea-US summit press centre in Singapore.

The president did not explain how the death of an American while being held hostage in North Korea led to peace, however.

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the U.S. seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security).

Trump hasn't offered details about halting the exercises, which were already disrupted this year when springtime drills were delayed for the Winter Olympics, which took place in South Korea.

"The president has raised a whole range of other issues in his press conference but I think it is too early to say that anything like suspension for suspension has occurred".

The move could diminish the USA military's ability to "fight tonight", a term American commanders have used for years to describe the heightened posture of US forces in one of the world's most-sensitive military flashpoints. "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".

But it's unclear if or when United States sanctions against North Korea could be lifted. "We'll have a great discussion", Trump said at the beginning of the meeting.

"We call them war games".

"If we end the "named exercises" and shift to a routine training regimen of a winter and summer training cycle - just as the North Korean People's Army conducts - in which we can conduct sufficient training, that will ensure readiness of the combined forces then we will be OK", he said.

In a statement, the top USA military headquarters in South Korea said Tuesday that it has "received no official updated guidance on execution or cessation on any upcoming training exercises".

While Trump said his concerns about the exercises stemmed from their price tag, critics saw an unforced concession to two of the U.S.'s major adversaries.

"We will stop the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump said.

But the programme was suspended as political conditions deteriorated between the two countries.

"I'm glad that President Trump finds Kim Jung-un a nice person and smart, but I think the businessman Donald Trump will soon remember that this is a shrewd negotiator and a person who is not reluctant to use bloodthirsty measures", he said. In the final document, Pyongyang reaffirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while the United States pledged to provide security guarantees.

But finding a way to weaken the U.S.

'Once I went to North Korea, I didn't really understand what the whole situation was as far as being over there'. "While we will not discuss specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed".

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