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Offbeat N. Korea military 'all quiet' ahead of summit: Mattis

23:50  11 june  2018
23:50  11 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Pentagon: Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills

  Pentagon: Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was not caught off guard by President Donald Trump's announcement that he was suspending military exercises with South Korea, a spokeswoman said.Pressed on whether he was surprised by the decision to halt the military drills, spokeswoman Dana White said: "There were no surprises.

Reshuffle ahead of summit . The United States is seeking a negotiated end to North Korea ’s nuclear weapons program and US officials believe there was some dissension in the military about Mr Kim’s approaches to South Korea and the United States.

Mattis has guts!!! That’s why he’s the secretary of Military defense, and not James Comey. Isn’t that right, Iran, Libya, soon to be North Korea , Sudan, Cuba, and whoever else George W listed as the axis of evil.

South Korea's Defence Minister Song Young-moo (L) with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of this year's Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore © Provided by AFP South Korea's Defence Minister Song Young-moo (L) with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of this year's Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

The North Korean military shows no signs of unusual activity or being in a heightened state of readiness ahead of a historic summit in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

"All's quiet," Mattis told Pentagon reporters when asked his assessment of North Korean military activity.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Singapore, capping a remarkable build-up to the summit that Trump at one point canceled.

Mattis also repeated earlier comments that, as far as he knew, the large US troop presence in South Korea would not factor into discussions.

He noted that the matter was one only for Seoul and Washington to consider.

The US has some 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea.

'Don't expect too much': Rodman plays down Kim Trump breakthrough .
Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman flew into Singapore late Monday ahead of at summit betwen President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, playing down expectations of an immediate breakthrough at the historic meeting. Rodman, who has struck up an unlikely friendship with the basketball loving North Korean leader, arrived in the city-state some nine hours before Trump meets with Kim in a bid to negotiate an end to a decades-old nuclear stand-off.He said he expected the Trump-Kim summit to "go fairly well" but added "people should not expect too much for the first time".

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