South Korea Discusses Suspending Joint Military Exercises

19 Juin, 2018, 13:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The trip will be Kim's third to China since March, when he made his inaugural foreign visit as leader.

"Consistent with President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end "monstrous" migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as "cruel" and "immoral" USA denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE " s commitment and in concert with our Republic of Korea ally, the United States military has suspended all planning for this August's defense "war game, '" chief Pentagon spokewoman Dana White said in a statement Monday.

North and South Korea failed to reach any concrete agreement during those talks, officials said.

After arriving in Washington from Singapore, Trump told reporters that his decision to stop the South Korea-US joint military exercises was his idea, not a response to Kim's request. North Korea proposed the disarming, on a trial basis, the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, the only site in the DMZ where both countries' soldiers stand nearly face to face, the South's presidential spokesman said on Friday.

Those exercises usually involve troops, warplanes, ships and other military weapons from US bases around the world.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that his government would need to be flexible when it came to applying military pressure on North Korea if it was honest about denuclearisation.

Police tightened security along Beijing's main Changan Avenue, which leads to the Great Hall of the People where Chinese leaders normally meet visiting heads of state, and also outside the Diaoyutai State Guest House, where Kim stayed with his wife during his March visit to Beijing. "No decisions on subsequent war games have been made", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

During last year's Ulchi exercises, North Korea fired a powerful new intermediate-range missile over Japan in what its state media described as a "muscle-flexing" countermeasure to the drills.

"I think China sees that as a way to enhance its leverage and position", Sen said.

The U.S. -South Korean exercise calendar hits a high point every year with the Foal Eagle and Max Thunder drills, which both wrapped up last month.

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On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he wanted to cancel what he called the U.S. He supports increased discussion with North Korea. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem".

Apart from a potentially lucrative cross-border trade, China has also strategic interests in the Korean peninsula, which includes being wary of USA military presence in South Korea.

The president's announcement appeared to catch U.S. defense officials by surprise, and his comments ran counter to long-held American arguments that the exercises are critical for effective operations with allies and are defensive in nature.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, June 11, 2018.

Trump went on to say that the denuclearization deal was celebrated across Asia.

But Trump still needs to overcome public sentiment that the U.S.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that the North Korean autocrat would be in Beijing through Wednesday.

The suspension of Ulchi-Freedom Guardian will not affect any Pacific exercises outside the Korean Peninsula, the Pentagon said, permitting the US military to continue training with Japan and other partners in the region.

Mr. Pompeo has said the exercises will be resumed if North Korea doesn't negotiate seriously in coming talks.

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