Pompeo Sees North Korean Denuclearization in Trump's First Term

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday of the suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea appeared to catch U.S. Forces-Korea and members of his own party by surprise, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was consulted beforehand.

U.S. President Donald Trump gave South Korean a shock on Tuesday with throwaway promises to end joint "war games" and by expressing hopes of pulling U.S. troops out altogether. "The most important, hard part of this security issue is for the U.S. and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolution via equal talks", Wang said.

"I don't think that's wise", said Sen.

North Korea is also angered by the presence of United States troops in other parts of Asia, most notably in Japan.

Bishop said the sanctions against North Korea remained in place and would not be removed until such time as North Korea had proven it has dismantled its nuclear weapons program. "It is inappropriate to have war games", the United States president told reporters after the summit. But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money. "China can see some shocking resemblance to Nixon coming to China with Trump and North Korea", said Yun Sun, a China analyst at the Washington-based Stimson Center.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Onodera was quoted as saying.

If anything, shipping saw some small benefit from the moves to isolate North Korea economically.

"Trump expressed his intention to halt the US -south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the USA, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation", the KCNA reported.

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It also did not mention points raised later by Mr Trump around the abduction of Japanese citizens, human rights abuses or the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

In a joint statement issued after their historic summit, Mr Trump and Mr Kim said they agreed to improve their countries' relationship, a move that would inevitably require a formal end to the Korean War, in which almost half a million American troops fought with their South Korean allies.

Japan has repeatedly called for the issue to be raised in discussions with Pyongyang, and Trump said at a press conference yesterday afternoon that he had discussed the issue with Kim.

Leaders in Beijing are anxious, experts say, that Kim might try to counterbalance China's influence by embracing the US, North Korea's longtime enemy.

As part of the growing detente, the KCNA report also said that Kim had invited Trump to visit Pyongyang, an offer that the US president had accepted.

It has nearly 30,000 troops in South Korea and the two countries hold annual large-scale drills.

"I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans", Pompeo said.

But on Tuesday morning Pentagon officials said they're still awaiting more detail from the White House.

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