Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump Agreed to Cancel South Korea War Games Without Informing the Military

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Ben Shapiro said it was "disquieting" to see President Donald Trump praise North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump said Kim accepted his invitation to visit the White House at an "appropriate time." and stated he is open to visiting Pyongyang.

"We hope that the two countries' highest leaders can dispel interference, establish mutual trust, overcome difficulties and can reach a basic consensus on promoting and achieving the denuclearisation of the peninsula and promoting and establishing a peace mechanism for the peninsula", Wang told reporters. "It will be done".

Trump is scheduled for a news conference at 4pm local time.

They hold joint military exercises every year that anger North Korea which has long demanded an end to the drills and frequently responds with volatile steps of its own, leading to a spike in tensions.

China views the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue as a security issue, and what is most important is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolve their problems, Wang said. He quickly cautioned, however, that "we will all know soon whether or not a real deal. can happen".

"I think China may be concerned about losing their leverage over North Korea and fears that North Korea and the United States may enter into an anti-Chinese alignment", said Charles Armstrong, a historian on Korean affairs at Columbia University in NY. "I thought they were very provocative".

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Trump's announcement that the USA would stop military exercises, his description of those drills as "provocative" and his suggestion that he wants to pull US troops out at some point are "all things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations. He added that the issue requires consultations between the allies.

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea.

North Korea has a long history of reneging on agreements about its nuclear program and the nation remains technically at war the U.S.

Kim Jong un has agreed to work towards dumping his country's nuclear weapons in a document joint-signed with Donald Trump.

"The fact that our two leaders are sitting down face-to-face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something that will immensely benefit both of our peoples and the entire world". "It was discussed. It was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization".

Earlier, discussions took place on the possibility of President Moon Jae-in joining Kim and Trump in Singapore for follow-up talks on ending the war, but Moon was not invited.

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