Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

South Koreans skeptical about peace after summit

South Koreans skeptical about peace after summit

U.S. President Donald Trump answered questions about the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during a press conference at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday in Singapore.

Rodman said he believes in helping North Korea.

United States forces in South Korea said it has "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.

Confusion reigns on Capitol Hill after one senator claimed US Vice President Mike Pence said military exercises in South Korea will continue, contrary to statements made by President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Tom Spoehr, the director of the conservative Heritage Foundation's Center for National Defense, said he wants to hear more about what Trump meant.

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Wang said in a statement earlier that China welcomed and supported the summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders and hoped the two countries could reach a basic consensus on achieving denuclearisation.

USA soldiers hang a South Korean flag on top of their tank during a military exercise north of Seoul, South Korea, on May 30, 2013.

"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 U.S. Forces Korea spokeswoman said the command had received no updated guidance on the issue, including about the upcoming Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise that is due to begin in August. Last year, that exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, involved about 17,500 US troops and focused heavily on computer-simulated exercises. "I knew nothing about North Korea". Foal Eagle is created to simulate war scenarios and involves ground, air, naval and special operations forces.

There was some confusion in the USA over precisely what military cooperation Mr Trump had promised to halt. At the same time, he noted that the United States forces' deployment in South Korea had not been discussed with Kin Jong Un. Picture taken on April 9, 2017.

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The Pentagon declined to flesh out Trump's remarks about suspending drills, a move the U.S. military had long resisted, saying it was working with the White House, U.S. allies and partners "on the way forward following the summit". In a separate statement, White said Mattis was "fully aligned" with Trump.

"One of the things that President Trump mentioned first was the cost of this, so maybe this is just to get a higher ground for the cost sharing negotiations", he said.

On Wednesday Japan's defence chief said the U.S. military's presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for east Asian security.

-North Korea summit gave Rodman, one of few Americas to meet with Kim Jong Un, "a little more shine of a light" for his efforts to "bring peace between the two countries", he told "Good Morning America" Tuesday.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Pompeo during his visit to Washington in late May when both men discussed the Singapore summit and ways to alleviate trade tensions between the two countries.

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