Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North hails 'radical switchover'

13 June, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Martin Tyler
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CBS News' David Martin reports that Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Defense Secretary James Mattis "was not surprised".

The summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been canceled once.

"It is the case that we are prepared to make security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in that denuclearization", stated Pompeo.

After the hours-long summit, Trump declared it had been "very successful", and that Mr. Kim has a "great personality".

After the Central Intelligence Agency informed Congress North Korea had built a centrifuge facility, another major step in the nuclear process, Pyongyang formally withdrew from the non-proliferation agreement in January 2003.

Members of the Iranian government were hardly the only ones citing the USA president's decision to abandon the landmark nuclear accord in assessing whether Trump will stay committed to gritty diplomatic discussions when the photo-ops end.

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Following the Singapore summit, wherein Trump castigated the exercises as "provocative", no party has effectively distinguished the difference between what constitutes "readiness training and training exchanges" and what constitutes "military exercises".

"We made a lot of progress, tremendous amount of progress", he said, referring to the recent summit.

South Korea's presidential office said that it needs to seek clarity on Mr Trump's intentions after he said that Washington will stop joint military exercises.

Trump said the U.S. will cut back on its military exercises with South Korea but will not withdraw any American forces.

Gardner, however, maintained, "I think what the vice president said today will continue to clarify what the president had talked about". Pressed by journalists as to whether he believed in the North Korean leader's commitments, Trump said that he believes Kim was determined to de-nuclearize.

"Stopping the joint exercises has been a long-term goal for North Korea and China", two Asia analysts, Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry, wrote in a summit assessment for the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. "President Trump has said in the past that all his predecessors have been played, which is true, but he's being played at another level", he said.

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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. "But I don't think it's as big a deal as it might appear this morning, just because we have so many other things in the region". Interestingly, South Korea now says it wants "clarity" on the end to the war games.

But why were those military exercises taking place at all, and how did almost 29,000 USA troops end up in South Korea?

Trump also seemed annoyed that USA bomber aircraft make six-plus hour flights from the Pacific island of Guam to the Korean peninsula as part of its exercise routine.

North Korea is now the subject of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council and, additionally, is impacted by unilateral restrictive measures by the US.

If, as Trump said on Tuesday he sensed, Kim wants the grand bargain of disarmament for economic integration, the personal endorsement from the two leaders on negotiations may be all that counts.

The decision to end the so-called "war games" was announced following summit talks between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, for whom the exercises have been a source of irritation.

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