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Trump's vow to end US-South Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard

Confusion reigns on Capitol Hill after one senator claimed US Vice President Mike Pence said military exercises in South Korea will continue, contrary to statements made by President Donald Trump in Singapore.

"We have really put ourselves on the line to reach out to North Korea and they have been so gracious to me, my family and the United States". The VFW had asked Trump to raise the issue during negotiations. "But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money".

"I got death threats", Rodman said breaking down in tears.

In the wake of Trump's unexpected, nearly offhand comments to reporters, the Pentagon said it was consulting the White House and others but was silent on whether Ulchi Freedom Guardian will proceed.

The statement comes on the heels of Trump slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as dishonest and weak while instructing his advisors to back out of a joint statement he had agreed to with US allies at the G-7 summit.

But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint US and South Korean military exercises in exchange for a continued freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile testing, accompanied by no concrete North Korean commitment to freeze further development of its nuclear and missile programs".

A U.S. Forces Korea spokeswoman said the command had received no updated guidance on the issue, including about the upcoming Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise that is due to begin in August.

The South Korean government also appeared caught off guard. "An honorable mention." He also said he thought he'd meet with Trump soon.

The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries.

In response to Trump's suggestion that an agreement to formally end the Korean War might take place soon, Nam said the Moon administration would not hasten the process and that there was "no timeframe" set for the process.

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Chinese officials have been quick to take credit for some of the outcomes of a historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea on Tuesday. However, "if North Korea does not prove willing to follow through, we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure".

Mattis often says his number one priority as Pentagon chief is to improve what he calls the "lethality" of the military, which includes making troops better equipped, trained and prepared for a full range of combat. In the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Michael Strahan, Rodman, who is often criticized for his cordial relationship with the North Korean leader, praised his improbable friend.

His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only a year ago was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war. During the 1990s, the United States suspended, and later canceled, an exercise known as Team Spirit as they attempted to persuade North Korea to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim.

Loosening tensions, and therefore potentially decreased sanctions, could lead to an economic boom for this Chinese city, which facilitates the passage of about 70% of goods entering North Korea. "He's very happy to carry out the things I've been saying".

Following their summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula and work for finding a peaceful resolution to seven decades of hostilities between the two countries. Or at least, the logistics of banking the large amounts of profits seen in the marijuana industry in the USA is complicated and risky. I knew it, I was the only one. "I don't need to worry about the war stuff, I don't know anything about that", he said.

The final point on the document calls for North Korea to work with the USA in helping them recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action - including immediately repatriating any bodies which have already been identified.

The military doesn't use the term "war games".

The ICBM has been a grave concern for the US, as the North was seen using the missile capability to keep American forces at bay and undercut the credibility of the U.S.' security commitment to its Asian allies. "South Korea military drills, but the American military presence in South Korea wouldn't mean much if the militaries don't practice through joint drills", said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy.

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