Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

South Korean in Wichita reacts to meeting with North Korea

South Korean in Wichita reacts to meeting with North Korea

Trump also announced on Tuesday that the USA would cease its joint military drills with South Korea - an apparent concession to Pyongyang, which has repeatedly claimed that the drills are merely a pretext for a strike on the North. "I was a little concerned that the president would give away our issue with regard to military exercises without getting something in return".

It has nearly 30,000 troops in South Korea and the two countries hold annual large-scale drills. Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive".

One South Korean official was quoted as saying he was "shocked" by that description.

"Building upon the agreement reached today, we will take a new path going forward", he said.

Readiness training refers to standard military drills and training carried out by the 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea, alongside their South Korean counterparts.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", he said, Reuters reported.

A researcher with a government-funded think tank here said, "If there continues to be a difference of opinions over cost sharing, it's possible that demands for the USFK withdrawal or reduction will come from Seoul or Washington first, not Pyongyang". "I support this as a first step to the comprehensive resolution of issues concerning North Korea".

Asked if Mattis was surprised by those comments White said Mattis had been in constant conversations with the President.

"Secretary Pompeo is scheduled to visit Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday".

Similar sentiments were echoed by the Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday.


"Great progress was made". That was the personal assessment made by Trump, after the summit.

In August 2017, Pyongyang threatened missile strikes on Guam, the only United States territory easily in reach of North Korean missiles.

But with no clear signs of how or when the process will unfold, others have been more cautious about the summit's implications. "China can see some shocking resemblance to Nixon coming to China with Trump and North Korea", said Yun Sun, a China analyst at the Washington-based Stimson Center.

Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing.

Since he was on the campaign trail, Trump has called on Seoul to pay much more for the upkeep of the USFK and has ordered USA negotiators to make sure that Seoul pays over 1.5 times more than its current annual share of W960.2 billion (US$1=W1,078).

However, dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme will present a daunting challenge.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested on Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearisation before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said it is ready to verify a deal, although it focuses on monitoring nuclear materials and sites rather than disarmament.

Kim's hand in the deal has been forced by the country's struggling economy, with North Korea short both grain and crude oil.

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