Trump holds war games with South Korea in a goodwill gesture, but warned that they could be re-issued

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Trump says joint US war games with South Korea

President Trump’s statement contradicts the Minister of defence James Mattis, who signaled on Tuesday that it has no plans to cancel the exercises with South Korea military.

President Donald Trump said that there is no reason to spend a lot of money on military wargames with South Korea, but he warned that he could “immediately” relaunch of the exercises, and you would be “far greater than ever before.”

Trump has the comment on Wednesday in a series of tweets, the in the first place was in China, the blame for the lack of progress in getting North Korea to end its nuclear program, according to the President, the landmark summit with Kim Jong-Un in June.

But it was also a loaded message for Kim: mix an expression of the good will of the North Korean autocrat with an implicit military threat, leading to speculation about the direction of Trump the attempted rapprochement with longtime adversary.

“The President believes that his relationship with Kim Jong-Un is a very good and warm, and there is no reason, in this time, the spending said large amounts of money on a joint U.S.-South Korean war games,” Trump, referring to what was presented, how a White house statement. “Besides, the President can immediately begin the joint exercises with South Korea and Japan, if he so chooses. If he does, you will be much greater than ever before.”

Trump caught the military leaders by surprise in June, when he announced the suspension of the South, “as long as we are not in the future negotiations, see together, as it should.” He called the drill bit to expensive and provocative.

The crash was an olive branch to Pyongyang, which has complained for a long time that the exercises were invasion preparations. Often, the North is responding to the exercises with their own demonstrations of military power, including the dismissal of a new intermediate-range missile over Japan last year, as a counter-measure to the drill.

There is some hope that the gesture of the shelf, the exercises fall want to promote well-being and help nudge North in the denuclearization talks. But on the return of the possible remains of over 55 U.S. troops missing from the Korean war and its continued suspension of its missile and nuclear tests, there has been little movement from the North.

As a result, the United States placed last week on the ice, a planned trip to Pyongyang by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, citing a lack of progress in denuclearization, but remains open for further talks.

Doubts grow in Washington and beyond on Kim’s willingness to abandon its nuclear weapons, the Trump heaping the blame on China, North Korea’s traditional ally and main trading partner. On Wednesday, the President of Beijing accused the pressure on the North, it was because of the current tensions in US-China trade relations, and also the provision of North Korean money, fuel, fertilizer, and other goods, which he said is helpful.

China cooperates with the United States in the past year in the adoption of tough international sanctions against North Korea and maintains that it is the enforcement of the restrictions is still adopted by the U. N. security Council.

But in his tweets, trumpet signaled that the United States has its own military means of pressure on Pyongyang. His comments exacerbated by confusing messages from the Pentagon in the past two days that, again, speculation about the drill.

On Tuesday, Minister of defense of Jim Mattis told reporters the United States said perform exercises with South Korea next spring, after he canceled a large movement this summer. He said that no decision has been made, if the military exercises, but his statements suggested that the final withdrawal may not be repeated.

Several U.S. officials acknowledged on Wednesday that the planning goes forward for the spring exercises, which require months of preparation.

“Routine-planning continues for the major U.S.-ROK exercises on the Peninsula in accordance with the normal training program planning cycle,” Air Force Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, refers to the abbreviation for the South-the official name, the Republic of Korea.

Other U.S. officials also said that has started preparatory work the exercises, to terminate that it is much easier to exercise than it is to blow a quick. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks.

David Maxwell, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for defense of democracies, said the initial planning for the exercises, you can start a year in advance, including the financing, planning and movement of troops and units, taking part. As time passes, the planner would have nailed the war-game scenario and other details.

“We are planning more for the exercises, but we can stop on a dime,” said Maxwell, a retired army Colonel, served five tours in Korea. “We can’t start on a dime.”

He said the risk of a prolonged standstill in the great drill, a reduction of skills and institutional memory between South Korea would be the niches of the armed forces and the more than 28,000 U.S. troops there. “The longer we go without the exercises, the greater the risk that we will suffer significant challenges, if there is war, it is said,” Maxwell.

US officials said gen Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces in Korea, has taken measures to mitigate the impact of any loss of training due to the planning of smaller exercises and staff drills.

A Central challenge in Korea is that the majority of the US armed forces to deploy for only one year, so you rely on the summer exercise with the South Korean military and the possibilities of coordinating the allied troops and work with them. The spring Foal Eagle drill is larger and combat aircraft, maritime maneuvers, amphibious assault tactics and computer-simulated scenarios.

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