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Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Trump says he will halt Korea war games

Trump says he will halt Korea war games

"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun, one moment, one choice, what if?" "It doesn't spell out the pacing or sequencing for action-for-action steps, it does not - and nor did President Trump in his press conference - suggest they have agreed definitions on what denuclearization entails and what a creating a peace regime specifically entails".

That is, of course, correct.

"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington. Kim is widely believed to have ordered the execution of his own uncle and half-brother.

But as the world was glued to the unprecedented meeting, we also learned that Kim likes a selfie and that Trump is really, really proud of "The Beast", his armoured vehicle.

"We're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea", he added. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.

"I am willing to do a lot of things to get [Kim] to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program".

Trump is sounding optimistic about his ability to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program after a lengthy one-on-one meeting with leader Kim Jong Un. "I'm a realist. I'm not trying to bring democracy to North Korea".

Lee, State Department's interpreting services division chief, has been an "unsung hero" in negotiations with both North and South Korea for years, Frank Aum, a North Korea expert at the U.S. Institute for Peace at Johns Hopkins University, told TIME.

"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea.

Trump declared he and Kim had developed "a very special bond".

In an exclusive interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos and at a press briefing Trump announced that he was suspending military exercises conducted annually in South Korea by the US military. Answering a series of questions from the floor, Trump said that the United States will stop "war games" in South Korea, and later elaborated that he was speaking of their joint military exercises, held annually since the 1970s.

North Korea sees the annual exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, but the government in Seoul maintains they are defensive in nature.

"That was done at the highest level of future development", Trump said of his pitch video.

"Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact", the narrator said near the beginning, as alternating shots of Trump, Kim and North Korean pageantry flashed on the screen. "At the end of the day, this is our last best chance to end this conflict without a war". Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.

Mr Trump added that he wanted improvement on human rights from the North Korean leader.

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