Trump Suspends South Korea ‘War Games’ in Bet Kim Can Be Trusted

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

US soldiers hang a South Korean flag on top of their tank during a military exercise north of Seoul, South Korea, on May 30, 2013. Because of North Korea's variable seasons, which include cold and dry winters, Davis said the group hopes the recovery effort will yield full skeletal remains with identification cards still attached to uniforms.

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"Plus, I think it's very provocative", he added, saying further that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw U.S. troops from the South, without suggesting a timeline.

"We are prepared to start a new history, and we are prepared to write a new chapter between our nations", he told reporters at the summit site at Capella Hotel.

A joint exercise earlier this year involving more than 300,000 South Korean and US troops was delayed to accommodate the Winter Olympics and was ultimately abbreviated by two weeks compared to the previous year.

In his interview with Cuomo, Rodman said the summit would leave Kim more familiar with Trump than ever before - but he added that he did not want to take too much credit.

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

Rodman traveled to North Korea again in June 2017. During that visit, Rodman presented a copy of "The Art of the Deal", Trump's 1987 book on negotiation strategy, to a North Korean diplomat as a gift for Kim.

He said: "We have done exercises for a long period of time, working with South Korea and we call them war game and I call them war games".

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David Maxwell, a retired Army Special Forces Colonel who served five tours in Korea from 1986 to 2007, said it may be possible to maintain sufficient training without as many high-profile exercises that draw Pyongyang's ire.

"I think South Korea will be OK with the news, because they're just so, you know, out and up front about in terms of just getting - you know, making progress with North Korea".

"Leaving dark days of war and conflict behind, we will write a new chapter of peace and cooperation".

Mr Rodman was in Singapore for Tuesday's summit, but the White House had said he would play no official role.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denied Trump's allegation that Beijing, in the last few months, has relaxed implementation of sanctions in the last few months, saying the UN Security Council resolutions on imposing sanctions on North Korea also provides for relaxing or suspending them, if situation improves.

A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of US President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Mitchell Reiss, who served from 2003-2005 as the U.S. State Department's director of policy planning, said it is important to make such decisions hand-in-hand with South Korea.

In the face of the North's constant protest, the allies' militaries have defended the exercises as purely defensive in nature.

Rodman appeared on CNN Monday night to talk as an expert about the relationship between North Korea and the United States.

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