Trump tweet adds more confusion to issue of Pacific military exercises

Trump Seeks Recovery of US Military Remains in North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae In yesterday hailed the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un as a "historic event" that ended the last Cold War conflict.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denied Trump's allegation that Beijing, in the last few months, has relaxed implementation of sanctions in the last few months, saying the UN Security Council resolutions on imposing sanctions on North Korea also provides for relaxing or suspending them, if situation improves.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he leaves a press conference at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

The president's suspension of the exercises came as U.S. Forces-Korea, led by Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, is preparing for the annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises later this summer with the South Koreans.

Pompeo said Wednesday that Trump "made it very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing". Tensions between the United States and North Korea have historically soared in the spring, when the largest exercises take place.

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.

In the lead-up to the summit, the US and South Korea had moved forward with war games.

Trump said Tuesday that he would invite Kim to the White House at an "appropriate time".

Trump has already spoken to Moon by phone, in a 20-minute call following the USA president's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, which saw a pledge from both leaders to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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Trump told reporters he pressed Kim on CVID but did not get it in writing "because there was no time", adding: "I'm here one day".

Trump, who returned to Washington early on Wednesday, hailed the meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, as a success that had removed the North Korean nuclear threat.

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.

Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed.

"Under the circumstances that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal, I think it's inappropriate to have war games", Trump said of the joint military exercises that for decades have bolstered USA and South Korean readiness.

Both in South Korea and Japan, there are mixed views on the military exercises.

"Max Thunder" is an annual "war game" involving dozens of United States and South Korean fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft. But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money.

Washington has described the drills as defensive in nature, but Pyongyang says they are a rehearsal for invasion and has long called for them to end.

Trump and Kim today held a comprehensive and in-depth dialogue + in Singapore on the issues related to the establishment of new relations between the two countries and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

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