China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on North Korea

Hannah Rogers
August 30, 2018

U.S. officials said Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, has taken steps to mitigate any loss of training by scheduling smaller exercises and staff drills.

Kim also has more ambitious plans to build a high-speed railway linking Pyongyang to South Korea and China, a South Korean businessman said, citing North Korean officials charged with economic development.

In a statement carried by state media in 2015, Kim said a high-speed railway should be built between Pyongyang and a new worldwide airport near the capital.

North Korea consistently complains that large-scale annual joint exercises, which usually take place in the spring and summer, are preparations to invade.

The US-led Joint UN Command blocked North Korea and South Korea from carrying out a joint survey for a cross-border railway last week, Yonhap reported. If he does, they will be far bigger than ever before.

Pusan National University's Kelly said Trump had offered the North Koreans a huge amount in Singapore, including the suspension of military exercises with South Korea, without getting concrete promises in return.

"We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises", Mattis told reporters during a rare public news conference at the Pentagon alongside Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Kim Jong Un publicly expressed admiration for South Korea's railways during a summit in April.

The move was broadly criticized as a premature concession to North Korea, which has resisted US efforts to persuade it to give up its nuclear weapons.

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But he insisted his ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping were "great" and that he had a "fantastic relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he met in Singapore in June.

Immediately after the summit Mr Trump announced there was "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

Some 28,000 United States military personnel remain stationed in and around South Korea.

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If the USA does turn these large exercises back on, have they now become provocative wargames?

The disconnect between the two parties is "existential", according to Joel Wit, a former North Korea nuclear negotiator and senior fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center. Since most countries have sanctions on the North Korea because of its nuclear missile program, the authoritarian government does not have many resources to raise money. But the US government has not yet decided whether to hold Ulchi Freedom Guardian in 2019.

A key challenge in Korea is that the bulk of the US forces deploy for just a year, so they rely on the summer exercise to get familiar with the South Korean military and the ways allied troops coordinate and operate with them.

USA intelligence and defense officials have repeatedly expressed deep doubts about North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear weapons and had not expected Pompeo's trip to yield positive results.

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