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Offbeat US to stop 'war games' in South Korea, Trump says

12:56  12 june  2018
12:56  12 june  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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The US military will stop " war games " on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

(CNN) - The US military will stop " war games " on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his The US maintains around 30,000 troops in South Korea , as well as a base for Air Force fighter plane squadrons. Exercises also typically involve planes

KOREAN PENINSULA, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 06: In this handout image provided by South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber (L), South Korea and U.S. fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during the Vigilant air combat exercise (ACE) on December 6, 2017 in Korean Peninsula, South Korea. The largest-scale warplanes and military personnel take part in the annual joint exercise, which was scheduled before the North's latest missile test. North Korea fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on November 29, believed to have shown capability to reach to the U.S. mainland. © Handout/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images KOREAN PENINSULA, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 06: In this handout image provided by South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber (L), South Korea and U.S. fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during the Vigilant air combat exercise (ACE) on December 6, 2017 in Korean Peninsula, South Korea. The largest-scale warplanes and military personnel take part in the annual joint exercise, which was scheduled before the North's latest missile test. North Korea fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on November 29, believed to have shown capability to reach to the U.S. mainland.

The US military will stop "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."Under the circumstances that we 're negotiating a very comprehensive complete It is something that (North Korea ) very much appreciated," Trump said a post-summit news conference in Singapore. The US maintains around 30

(CNN) - The US military will stop " war games " on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his The US maintains around 30,000 troops in South Korea , as well as a base for Air Force fighter plane squadrons. Exercises also typically involve planes

The numerous military exercises carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal.

"Under the circumstances that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal I think it's inappropriate to have war games ... It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated," Trump said a post-summit news conference in Singapore.

Full text of Trump-Kim signed statement

The US maintains around 30,000 troops in South Korea, as well as a base for Air Force fighter plane squadrons. Exercises also typically involve planes and ships coming in from elsewhere, mostly notably on the island of Guam, in the Western Pacific.

Trump on Tuesday said that the drills cost the US a lot of money.

"The war games are very expensive; we paid for a big majority of them, we fly in bombers from Guam," Trump said.

"That's a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to South Korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place and then go back to Guam. I know a lot about airplanes, it's very expensive," he said.

CNN's Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.

S.Korea, U.S. agree to suspend joint military drills scheduled for August -Yonhap .
South Korea and the United States have agreed to delay a joint military exercise called the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday. The two countries were widely expected to announce the suspension of "large-scale" military drills this week after U.S. President Donald Trump surprised officials in Seoul and Washington when he pledged to end "war games" after his summit in Singapore last week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.South Korea's Defence Ministry officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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