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

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

The president also said it's possible Kim will make a trip to Washington in the future.

On 'Hannity, ' President Trump takes Americans inside his meeting with Kim Jong Un.

Given Kim only repeated vague commitments to pursue the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", some observers questioned whether Trump was making overly drastic concessions. Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump and had been consulted in advance on all aspects of the Singapore talks.

"I was shocked when he called the exercises 'provocative, ' a very unlikely word to be used by a USA president", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because it was a politically sensitive issue.

"Six and a half hours - that's a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to South Korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place, and then go back to Guam", Trump said.

"At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump's comments", Seoul's Defence Ministry said, adding that there have been no discussions yet with Washington on modifying drills set for August.

The US side seeks denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula under terms that give US and global authorities broad power to inspect nuclear reactors in North Korea at any time they choose to verify parts of a potential denuclearization agreement.


Trump reiterated plans to end joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. You know, we did sanctions and all the things you would do but I think without the rhetoric, you know, other administrations, I don't want to get specific on that, but you know they had a policy of silence.

Just a few months ago, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's young dictator, Kim Jong Un, were trading insults and threatening nuclear war.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he was "uncomfortable" with the suspension of military drills, especially "if this becomes permanent in exchange for nothing".

Stephanopoulos snared the first TV-news interview between President Trump and an outlet other than Fox News since NBC News' Lester Holt sat down with the President in May of previous year.

"We're not there yet", he said.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

However, it was only in 1992 that the USA and North Korea rekindled diplomatic.

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