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

China suggested on Tuesday that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea if the country abides by United Nations resolutions, as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work for denuclearisation.

Ms Bishop's opposition counterpart Penny Wong echoed concerns that North Korea might not follow through on its promise.

"We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family", Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was not surprised by President Donald Trump's call to end US military exercises with South Korea and had been consulted beforehand, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

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Donald Trump's dramatic meeting with North Korea's leader may have been choreographed to look like a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, but the summit appears to have failed to secure any concrete commitments by Pyongyang for dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

But the suspension of exercises hit the traveling delegation like a bombshell, Martin reports, and sent members scrambling to notify the South Koreans, catching most senior officials by surprise and leaving them unable to explain what the suspension of "war games" means.

"I have always opposed "freeze for freeze", because it equates the US-ROK exercises (stabilising, legal) with North Korea testing (destabilising, illegal)", Abraham M. Denmark, director of the Asia Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, tweeted. "So I think it's probably well for everybody to maintain a healthy skepticism until we see those actions taken". Number one, we save money. "I think nobody can doubt the extremely unique and important role China has played".

The remarks were made by foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a briefing in Beijing after Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised the summit - the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting United States president - as "creating a new history".

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The strategic insights of game theory experts like Thomas Schelling that shaped deterrence remain relevant as Trump constantly piled the pressure on Kim through a range of threats, from the ones he acted on like tough sanctions and others like strikes on North Korean facilities that he didn't. The Pentagon describes it as "a computer-simulated defensive exercise".

North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force".

"There is no single change in the suspension of the South-U.S. joint military exercise compared to the past", Nam said. There are also annual springtime drills.

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