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What are the US-South Korea war games?

13 Juin 2018

"It seems Trump got too greedy and settled for agreements in principle while failing to tackle the technical problems".

"At this moment, we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning and intention" on the exercises, said a statement from the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, CNN reported.

Chun Yung-woo, a former chief presidential secretary for foreign affairs, said Trump "denied the value of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and the legitimacy of joint military drills".

Trump, who has frequently sparred with the media, was also unsparing in his criticism of television coverage of the summit, singling out two networks for scorn.

Did Trump or Kim say anything about the human rights record of North Korea? Kim provided no timetable for denuclearizing or for inspections and verification.

And why should he?

But no rational and objective observer who followed the summit and saw Trump and Kim behaving so cordially can believe that Trump is leading the USA into a nuclear war with North Korea. "I mean, I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey, I was wrong.' I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse".

There's no better encouragement than that for Kim to keep his weapons ― and for other despotic regimes to try to get them. In return, Trump has promised to stop USA military drills in South Korea.

After arriving back at the White House, Trump lashed out at some of the television coverage of his agreement with Kim.

The administration's argument is that the incremental approach used by past administrations has allowed North Korea to extract rewards and incentives from the US, only to ultimately renege and refuse to give up its nukes.

Why not join the Trump haters who deride him for trusting a man like Mr. Kim?

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) added that Trump expressed his intention to suspend all joint military drills between South Korea and the USA while talks are under way between Pyongyang and Washington. At least in that scenario, something of substance would have been accomplished.

Japan has vowed to stick to plans to bolster its defences against a possible ballistic strike from North Korea, which has previously fired missiles over Japanese territory.

Trump also praised himself for backing a woman who won a Republican primary Tuesday in SC, defeating a Trump critic.

Trump vowed to rain down "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it threatened the United States but instead in Singapore it was compliments that flowed, as the president described Kim as "talented" and said they had forged a "special bond". "Another positive would be the fact that there's a process started, a process of continued negotiations".

Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that Trump "agreed to forgo joint exercises with the South Koreans, which has been a bulwark of our defense policy for decades, without significant concessions like a concrete timeline for denuclearization from the other side".

The US has been a major ally of Seoul since the Korean War in the 1950s, and is seen by many nations as the ultimate guarantor of security in the region. There's no reason to believe anything is different this time and every reason to believe Kim views his nukes as his security and his ticket to the world stage.

While Trump's Wednesday morning tweets do not reflect the terms of his agreement with Kim, his words appear to be having an impact.

What are the US-South Korea war games?