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U.S. military in Korea says no guidance on cancelling war games

Evan Vucci  AP Evan Vucci AP
Gerardo Duncan | 13 June, 2018, 02:29

Lovett said, as of now, the USA military plans to "continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance" from the Department of Defense or Indo-Pacific Command. "In coordination with our ROK partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or lndo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)", she said.

In this April 27 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embrace each other after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea.

The remarks were made by foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a briefing in Beijing after Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised the summit - the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president - as "creating a new history".

The US president also said he wants to withdraw American troops stationed in South Korea, like he had promised during his election campaign.

That's a solid turnaround for him since a CNN poll last November showed 35% approval of Trump's handling of North Korea. "I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately", Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.

"We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family", Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement. The senator added that because of Trump's comments referring to the end of the exercises, "that's why I said there needs to be some clarification".

The meeting on Tuesday between the USA president and North Korea's leader, unthinkable until recent months and uncertain until June 1, is a high-stakes and politically risky venture into summit diplomacy by two unpredictable personalities who have famously exchanged personal insults and threats of war. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, told reporters that military exercises "will continue with South Korea" despite the president's remarks. China and Russian Federation have urged the U.S.to freeze its military drills in exchange for a move by North Korea to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) echoed the belief that "as negotiations now advance, there is only one acceptable final outcome: complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization".

Trump and Kim met privately from 9:05am local time for 48 minutes flanked only by their translators, then broke for a wider bilateral meeting with aides, a meeting expected to last 90 minutes, leading into lunch at 11:30am (3:30 GMT).

"The Singapore summit statement is essentially aspirational: no definitions of denuclearisation, no timelines, no details as to verification", Haass said on Twitter. Every time the survey has been conducted, the greatest support has been for "continue diplomatic efforts to get North Korea to suspend its nuclear program".

"The war games are very expensive".

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