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ibusinesslines.com June 19, 2018


Military says it's received no guidance about canceling Korean war games

13 June 2018, 07:36 | Erica Roy

Winston Peters urges North Korea to 'realise' denuclearisation commitment after Trump-Kim summit

Trump-Kim summit vindicates Cold War doctrine of deterrence

Just hours before US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korea's supreme leader, the Iranian Foreign Ministry warned that before any deals are made, Kim should be aware that Washington is known for breaking agreements.

The strategic insights of game theory experts like Thomas Schelling that shaped deterrence remain relevant as Trump constantly piled the pressure on Kim through a range of threats, from the ones he acted on like tough sanctions and others like strikes on North Korean facilities that he didn't.

The ROK President said Seoul will support Pyongyang along the path to peace, vowing to "spare no effort in cooperating" with concerned parties "to ensure that the agreement can be implemented in its entirety".

"I'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from our meetings tomorrow", he said.

The president left Singapore after the two leaders signed a document stating Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "It's possible. We're dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible", Trump told him.

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

Still, after the summit, Trump applauded the North Korean leader and said the people "love" Kim, regardless of Trump's previous remarks denouncing the regime's purported human rights abuses. But, Koreans are anxious they could be affected by the summit discussion.


Only hours before the summit, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that, as far as he knew, the issue of U.S. troops in South Korea would not be part of any discussion in Singapore.

Stephen Pomper, US program director at the Crisis Group, said Trump had sown confusion by announcing the end of drills without first checking with the South Koreans.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

Hannity, who sat down with Trump for an interview after the summit, even compared Tuesday's event to former President Ronald Reagan's meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the height of the Cold War.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he was "uncomfortable" with the suspension of military drills, especially "if this becomes permanent in exchange for nothing".

"The Singapore summit statement is essentially aspirational: no definitions of denuclearisation, no timelines, no details as to verification", Haass said on Twitter.



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