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Japan warns US-South Korea drills 'vital'

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a meeting in Tianjin on Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a meeting in Tianjin on Friday Credit Alexei Druzhinin TASS
Ellis Copeland | 14 June, 2018, 06:57

"Trump expressed his intention to halt the USA -south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the US, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation", the KCNA reported.

There is even the remote possibility that North Korea could flip allegiances, just as China did in 1972. "These exercises are important to countering China's regional aggression, in addition to Kim Jong-un's hostility".

This led to North Korean condemnation, and Trump briefly cancelling the summit. "We're not going to play the war games" with South Korea, Mr Trump said.

Pyongyang has long viewed the military exercises as a rehearsal for an invasion of the North.

Sung Cheol Choi, a United Kingdom-based defector who heads the North Korea Economy Development Research Institute, said that the summit was the first step to improving living standards in the North, which has stagnated under worldwide sanctions leveled in response to its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests.

USA president Donald Trump promised to stop military exercises on the Korean Peninsula while North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un agreed to limit its nuclear weapons programme.

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So it seems to be all on for tomorrow on the luxurious island of Sentosa which has been sealed off for days, locked down in a security zone, as are areas surrounding the two hotels in downtown Singapore where the leaders are staying.

The Chinese position echoes comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who called for a lifting of sanctions during a May visit to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

Russian Federation is welcoming the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The US has dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Washington's top diplomat, to the South Korean capital to brief President Moon Jaei-in after Mr Trump announced his intention to suspend joint military exercises with the country that neighbours Kim Jong-un's rogue state.

Suspension for suspension? China has long backed a "freeze for freeze" strategy in which North Korea would stop missile and nuclear weapons testing in exchange for an end to American military drills on the peninsula. "We believe the Security Council should make efforts to support the diplomatic efforts at the present time".

The North Korean people, the report said, also face "rigid controls over many aspects of [their] lives, including arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, and correspondence, and denial of the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, religion, and movement; denial of the ability to choose their government". -South Korean war games.

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