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Trump's Freeze of Korea Joint Exercises Catches Allies by Surprise

13 June 2018

The United States and South Korea blacklisted him for supporting the North's weapons programmes in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, however, takes the opposite point of view.

South Korea's presidential office said Mr Pompeo will meet President Moon on Thursday morning to discuss President Trump's denuclearisation talks with Mr Kim.

"The goal is to eliminate their nuclear missile program, not contain it", said Graham.

"We're not there yet", he said.

The KCNA report, as well as the joint statement after the summit, also mentioned that the president had offered North Korea unspecified security guarantees, which Pyongyang considers an indispensable precondition for nuclear disarmament. And Donald Trump is not going to capitulate.

But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint USA 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".

When Stephanopoulos asked Graham about this anomalously hawkish letter from his Democratic colleagues, Graham challenged them: They must vote to authorize war.

In return for the USA commitments, Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement committing to denuclearisation, but analysts say it was vaguely worded and included commitments Pyongyang had made several times. "It wasn't a big point today because really ... this has been taken care of before we got here".

What would a new Korean War look like?

The US has been a major ally of Seoul since the Korean War in the 1950s, and is seen by many nations as the ultimate guarantor of security in the region.

"It would be very, very serious war", he said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the focus was now on North Korea's response.

"He's known as a hard-liner, as much as Pompeo in Washington, but both people are realists who can make a compromise if necessary", Cheong said. "I was a little concerned that the president would give away our issue with regard to military exercises without getting something in return". "Shared objectives to denuclearize and an agreement to continue the negotiations".

"I'm equally confident in what Secretary Mattis said", he added. He was also linked by U.S. intelligence to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014. To 38-year-old artist Cho Ki-seob, from the southern island of Jeju, the exercises were a symbol of the generational bonds with the United States.

Last year, about 50,000 South Korean and 17,500 USA troops participated in Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, billed as the world's largest command-and-control exercise and aimed at defending against a North Korean attack.

Trump's Freeze of Korea Joint Exercises Catches Allies by Surprise