Xi asked Kim to demand halt to US-South Korea military drills

Trump defends summit with North Korea, says US ‘got so much’

Until he shook hands with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, that idea was the sort of fodder satirists would use to point out Trump's less than peaceful ways. He added that dumping the drills will save the U.S.

Chinese state media's treatment of Kim's visit departed from past practice of not announcing his travels until Kim returned home. It was later combined with South Korea's Ulchi exercise, which was launched in the wake of a North Korean infiltration in 1968.

North Korea keeps much of its its armory of missiles, mostly variants of the Soviet scud and some capable of bearing nuclear warheads, trained on South Korean cities, notably the capital Seoul which is only 35 miles from North Korea. Screens were also erected outside the Great Hall of the People to block the view of the entrance from the street.

The timing of the announcement from Chinese state media is notable, too: previous visits by Kim to China have only been reported after the DPRK leader had left the country. "The drills include high-level commanders in computer-simulated defensive exercises, as well as units in the field, all practicing readiness under a scenario in which the Korean Peninsula goes from peace through a crisis stage and then into open conflict", CNN reported.

"Our government hopes China will play a constructive role in resolving this problem", ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-deok told a regular briefing.

This week's visit would likely see Beijing reward Kim for his recent diplomatic overtures, Xie continued. In fact, China may be the main player in the game as it shares a border with North Korea and is eager to see sanctions, which it has pledged to accept, lifted.

Immediately after the remarks, U.S. forces in South Korea said they had received no guidance on stopping any drills, and South Korean officials said they were trying to figure out which exercises Trump was referring to.

On Tuesday South Korea and the Pentagon announced they would halt the annual Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August.

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However, President Donald Trump stated via tweet, the exercises can restart immediately, . if denuclearization talks with North Korea break down.

Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

Exercises are considered by Pentagon officials as an important aspect of the U.S.

He said his understanding was that any suspension would involve only major military exercises and that regular training of usa forces in South Korea would continue, although final decisions were up to the Department of Defense.

However, experts say that comparing military strength by number of armaments and soldiers alone doesn't account for the enormous qualitative difference between weapons, with South Korea supplied with state-of-the-art equipment and weapons by its ally the U.S.

In response to repeated requests for cost data, Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, said: "We are now evaluating the costs of the exercises". Christopher Logan, said: "We are now evaluating the costs of the exercises".

Troops who would have been involved in the exercises would still require training and certification, which would still cost money, said Abraham Denmark, a former deputy assistant secretary of defence for East Asia under Barack Obama.

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