Canceling Joint Exercise with South Korea Saved $14 Million: DoD

12 July, 2018, 12:41 | Author: Myra Gill
  • S. Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

The mystery was resolved Tuesday when the official news agency KCNA put out no fewer than four reports on his trip to far-flung Samjiyon county, on the border with China, majority far more detailed than its usual accounts of his "field guidance" visits.

Trump made similar accusations in May, noting that North Korea's previously conciliatory tone towards the scheduled summit between Kim and Trump seemed to change overnight following Kim's meeting with Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping in Dalian, China.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wrote to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Thursday, asking him to answer a number of questions related to North Korea's progress, in light of statements made by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

South Korea approved a rare screening of North Korean movies at a local film festival on Tuesday, as a diplomatic thaw gains pace following two landmark summits between their leaders.

The White House had earlier said Mr Pompeo would meet with Mr Kim, but he did not turn up and he only met with Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's powerful right-hand man. "We will continue to play a positive role in and make constructive contributions to realizing the denuclearization of the Peninsula and achieving the long-lasting peace and stability of the region".

Accusations from USA politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.


The canceled Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise with South Korea this summer would have cost the USA about $14 million, according to the Pentagon.

Trump did not give any sense of when he might give the CD to Kim. He repeated that the United States would not push for any sanctions relief until after North Korea proved its nuclear program no longer existed and could not be rehabilitated.

Trump later added on Twitter that the decision would "save a fortune".

Wang, in addition, disagreed that Kim is planning on a second summit with Trump in Switzerland as he said such a summit isn't in the interests of either country.

The Trump administration's latest announcement to slap tariffs on an extra $200 billion of Chinese imports has sparked an outcry from China, whose commerce ministry said on Wednesday the USA move is "unacceptable" and hurts America's own interests, China and the rest of the world.

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