This is a significant development.
According to this, President Trump has promised to stop conducting expensive “war games” (AKA joint-military exercises) with South Korea, calling them “very provocative.”
“The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them,” Trump told a news conference in Singapore after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Under the circumstances, that we’re negotiating … I think it’s inappropriate to be having war games.”
In return, Kim reaffirmed “his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
However, no official word has been given.
Both the South Korean government and US forces in the region appear to have been taken by surprise by Trump’s declared suspension of joint military exercises.
US forces in Korea said they had not received updated guidance on military exercises. “In coordination with our ROK [Republic of Korea] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance,” a spokesperson told Reuters.
President Trump says the US will stop "war games," an apparent reference to joint military exercises with South Korea that North Korea has long rebuked as provocative https://t.co/xzKq6pByDT pic.twitter.com/0lyEbdyjN9
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 12, 2018
I was slightly taken aback by this. #Resisters are already declaring a loss, which is hilarious because I thought they HATED that kind of stuff anyway?
JUST IN: South Korea issues a statement saying "we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning" about his comment the US will stop "war games," an apparent reference to joint military exercises with S.Korea https://t.co/LG62Tw8UzK pic.twitter.com/r4uaSfGn3Q
— New Day (@NewDay) June 12, 2018
Here’s how I’m looking at it. The deal-making process isn’t over. It’s a tango. Don’t claim to know everything Trump has up his sleeve just yet. There’s more work to be done.