Blue House says finding out exact meaning and intentions of Trump's 'war game' remarks necessary

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Published on 13 Jun 2018, 13:43
청와대, 트럼프 '한미훈련 중단'에 "대화기간엔 진전방안 강구 필요"

U.S. President Donald Trump made some comments in Singapore that caught a lot of people by surprise -- that the U.S. would stop participating in "war games" with its South Korea.
It had long been a demand of North Korea's that the allies stop their joint military drills.
But it's not clear to what extent Trump wants to scale back military cooperation.
And South Korea's presidential office has urged the media not to jump to conclusions.
It looks like we'll have a more detailed response from the Blue House tomorrow.
Hwang Hojun has the latest.
A day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would halt the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises,... calling them (quote) "expensive and provocative war games," South Korea's top office was wary of drawing any hasty conclusions.
According to Kim Eui-kyeom, the Blue House spokesperson, the Presidential Office's official stance, for now, is to try and figure out President Trump's exact intentions, but to assist in any way possible to advance dialogue for peace and denuclearization in various ways,...
hinting that a suspension of the joint drills with the U.S. might not be out of the question.

"A Blue House official confirmed that President Moon will convene a full meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday... to consider what exactly President Trump was referring to when he talked about "war games" -- whether it's the allies' usual drills or something else."

They'll also evaluate the outcome of the Singapore summit as well as discuss follow-up measures to implement the agreement reached by Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The Director of National Security, Chung Eui-yong, usually presides over meetings of the Standing Committee of the National Security Council,... but the South Korean President will chair an all-member meeting when deemed necessary.
Thursday will be a hectic day for the Blue House, because aside from the NSC meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to visit President Moon to personally brief him on the results of the North Korea-U.S. summit.
Pompeo's visit will fulfill the promise of President Trump made during the 20-minute phone call with President Moon on the eve of the Singapore summit.
Also visiting the South Korean President is Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday afternoon.
Pompeo and Kono are scheduled to hold a three-way meeting with South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, on the same day.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.

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