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Offbeat Pentagon: Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills

20:59  12 june  2018
20:59  12 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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

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

South Korea defends the “aggressive deployment” of US strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula as Pentagon chief Mattis has already said the US is prepared to take military action if the North does not halt its development of missiles US, South Korea , Japan conduct joint anti-missile naval drills .

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US military presence in South Korea will not come up at the June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea ’s Kim Jong-un, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Singapore.

The Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was consulted before President Trump made the drills announcement.  © Manuel Balce Ceneta/ AP Photo The Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was consulted before President Trump made the drills announcement.  U.S. 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 Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding he was consulted ahead of time.

Pressed on whether he was surprised by the decision to halt the military drills, spokeswoman Dana White said: "There were no surprises."

Other current and former U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters they were surprised by the announcement and expressed concern about lowering the readiness of American military personnel on the Korean peninsula.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; editing by Grant McCool

North Korea to get relief only after 'verifiable and irreversible step to denuclearization': Mattis .
<p>U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday North Korea will receive relief only after it takes clear and irreversible steps to end its nuclear program, adding it would be a bumpy road to a summit between U.S. and North Korean leaders.</p>The comments sought to address concern the United States may be rushing to strike a breakthrough in the unprecedented summit between the two leaders after U.S. President Donald Trump put the meeting back on track for June 12 in Singapore.

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