No Need to Resume US-South Korea Wargames

Minnie Murray
August 30, 2018

This summer, the Japanese concealed a meeting they held with North Korea from senior USA officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

But on Wednesday, Moon's office said he was intent on working as a mediator between Kim and Trump, just as he helped broker their first meeting in June.

The US president goes on to insist his personal relationship with Kim Jong-un remained "a very good and warm one" and that hence there was no reason to restart the "war games" with the South.

Yonhap also hinted that a report filed by the South Korean government-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) research unit has revealed that Chosun Expo, a North Korean tech company, is creating a bitcoin exchange.

USA troops may resume holding large-scale military exercises in South Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Tuesday.

Mattis said he was working in coordination with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's diplomatic efforts - "it's all riding on Secretary Pompeo's shoulders", he said - but he also signaled that smaller-scale exercises are going ahead.


Beijing is Pyongyang's sole major ally, and the main transit country for any goods entering the North. Trump has suggested that China - angered by USA moves on trade - is no longer being as tough as it could be on North Korea. "We will work very closely with [Secretary of State Mike Pompeo] and what he needs done, we will certainly do to reinforce his effort". Sure, in some instances it's a good thing for the US colonialist state to lose some of its power over smaller nations, but stuff like this is incredibly risky.

The entire premise of the relations between North Korea with the U.S. hinges on the de-nuclearisation process but with China being the sole but solid trade partner of Pyongyang, the threat of bringing back economic sanctions could appear rather toothless, if considered at all.

President Trump suspended large joint U.S. However, sources told CNN that if a compromise could not be reached between the two countries, and subsequent talks fail, the North could resume "nuclear and missile activities". But North Korea has given no indication it is willing to give up its weapons unilaterally as the Trump administration has demanded. -North Korea rapprochement, implying that it's placing "tremendous pressure" on Pyongyang as a result of ongoing trade disputes between Washington and Beijing.

On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that Washington believes "denuclearization has to take place before we get to other parts", confirming that included such a declaration. They now worry that Pyongyang may concentrate on trying to cut a separate deal with South Korea and in doing so driving a wedge between the U.S. "Because if he came back empty handed again, then that really could be a dead end", said Abrahamian.

His lack of understanding of the issues, and his lack of attention to detail has finally "collided with the reality of North Korea", Kelly said.

But in his tweets, Trump also signaled that the USA has its own military means of exerting pressure on Pyongyang.

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