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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

GOP senator questions suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea

  GOP senator questions suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea <p>Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is raising questions about President Trump's decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, something that appeared to surprise military officials.</p>Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is raising questions about President Trump's decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, something that appeared to surprise military officials.

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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.

GOP senator questions suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea

  GOP senator questions suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea <p>Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is raising questions about President Trump's decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, something that appeared to surprise military officials.</p>Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa), a key Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is raising questions about President Trump's decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, something that appeared to surprise military officials.

North Korea news: Latest US war games anger North Korea . Over the course of the next two weeks I expect tensions to escalate. “If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise.”

North Korea state media said Monday that "ceaseless large-scale war games " by the US and South Korea are "creating a situation that a nuclear war may break out any moment."

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.

South Korea-U.S. War Games Will Take Place Quietly .
South Korea is working to ensure peace negotiations with its neighbor continue.“We will be conducting the U.S.-[South Korean] joint military exercises normally in line with annual plans,” ministry spokesman Lee Jin-woo told the press. “But we’ll refrain from promoting the contents of the joint drills or opening them to the public as best we can.

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