Trump warns military exercises South Korea could be ‘far bigger than ever’

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis talks with journalists at the Pentagon Virginia the United States on Aug. 7 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis talks with journalists at the Pentagon Virginia the United States on Aug. 7 2018

USA troops may resume holding large-scale military exercises in South Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on Tuesday.

Trump's refusal to direct criticism at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and instead blame other parties for a lack of progress comes despite reports the U.S. received a belligerent letter from Pyongyang, which prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel a planned trip to North Korea last weekend. "South Korea agreement concerning the postponement of joint drills, and there has been no other agreement", South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

A South Korea presidential spokesman acknowledged that talks between Washington and Pyongyang were at a stalemate.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch group pours almost M into ads to boost three GOP Senate candidates Gillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida McSally prevails in nasty Arizona GOP Senate primary MORE on Wednesday said there was "no reason" for joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea at the moment, citing ongoing discussions over North Korea's nuclear program.

The future of the maneuvers has drawn keen attention since Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Tuesday the Pentagon has no plans to suspend more exercises.

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But several experts said the real problem lies much closer to home, in Trump's casual approach to negotiations with the North Koreans, and the vague, verbal promises exchanged at this meeting with the North Korean leader in Singapore in June.

This summer, the Japanese concealed a meeting they held with North Korea from senior US officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

He also noted his "fantastic relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he met in Singapore in June. "North Korea was under threat from the United States until the day it tested the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States".

The tweets come hours after Trump was noncommittal when asked by reporters about North Korea's denuclearization progress, again pivoting to blame China.

His words echoed those of the senior U.S. soldiers in South Korea.

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In a White House statement sent through a series of tweets yesterday, Mr Trump said he felt that Kim Jong-un's regime was "under tremendous pressure from China because of our major trade disputes with the Chinese Government".

U.S. defence secretary James Mattis.

"There are ongoing exercises all the time on the peninsula", Mattis said.

"I think we're doing well with North Korea".

However, it does appear that North Korea has manifested interest in the technology after its Pyongyang University of Science and Technology introduced a course in crypto and blockchain.

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President Trump suspended large joint U.S. If these reports prove to be true, then this will be the first event of its kind to ever take place in North Korea. "With North Korea and the USA remaining stalemated, there is an even bigger need for an inter-Korea summit", Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House, told a briefing.

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