Trump Says US Will Meet Major N. Korea Demand

'Provocative' war games will end, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2018 5:54 AM CDT
Updated Jun 12, 2018 6:12 AM CDT
Trump: US Will End 'Provocative' Korea War Games
President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump filled in more details on his summit with Kim Jong Un at a press conference in Singapore on Tuesday—and it appears that a major North Korean demand has been met. Trump said that the "very provocative" war games with South Korea will come to an end, Reuters reports. Trump said stopping the games, which have long infuriated Pyongyang, will help denuclearization efforts. "The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them," Trump told reporters, adding that "under the circumstances" of the current negotiations, the military exercises are "inappropriate." In other coverage:

  • Human rights. Trump said he discussed human rights with Kim, and said the thousands of prisoners in North Korean gulags would be among those to benefit from the talks, the Guardian reports. "They will be doing things. He wants to do the right thing." The New York Times notes Kim's regime has engaged in "extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation," according to a 2014 United Nations report.
  • US soldiers in South Korea. Trump said the issue of American troops in South Korea didn't come up, though he would be happy to bring them home. "I want to get our soldiers out. I want to bring our soldiers back home," he said. "But that's not part of the equation right now. I hope it will be eventually."

  • "Even thinner than most skeptics anticipated." Pusan University analyst Robert E. Kelly was among those expressing dismay with details of the agreement Trump and Kim signed. "This is depressing. This is even thinner than most skeptics anticipated," he tweeted. "I figured Trump wd at least get some missiles or a site closure or something concrete."
  • US military remains. While the agreement consists mainly of promises to hold more talks and a restatement of Kim's earlier denuclearization pledge, it also contains a promise to repatriate the remains of Americans killed in action in the Korean War, the AP reports. Efforts to find the remains of thousands of missing Americans stalled more than a decade ago.
  • "I do trust him." After the summit, Trump told ABC that he trusts Kim and believes the dictator genuinely wants to denuclearize."Over my lifetime I've done a lot of deals with a lot of people and sometimes the people you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones and the people that you do trust turn out to be not the honorable ones," Trump said.
  • Sanctions relief. Soon after the summit ended, China suggested that it could be time to ease sanctions on North Korea, the South China Morning Post reports. China's foreign ministry said the United Nations Security Council should support "diplomatic efforts toward denuclearization."

  • A warning from Iran. Iran has warned North Korea that Trump is not a man who can be trusted to honor his agreements, the AP reports. "We are facing a man who revokes his signature while abroad," said government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, apparently referring to Trump's decision to withdraw his assent to the G-7 communique after departing the summit.
  • On the menu. The BBC looks at what was on the menu for the two leaders and their aides and notes that a stuffed cucumber dish would have raised eyebrows in Korea, since it was a dish traditionally eaten by royalty.
  • More meetings. "I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past," Trump said, per CNN. He told the Singapore conference that more meetings with North Korea would be held and denuclearization would happen "as fast as it can mechanically and physically be done."
(More North Korea stories.)

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