S.Korea says it needs to analyse Trump's intentions on an end to joint war games
June 12, 2018 | 2:03 PM
by Reuters
South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks at a TV broadcasting a news report on summit between the U.S. and North Korea during a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

Seoul: South Korea's presidential office said on Tuesday that it needs to seek clarity on U.S. President Donald Trump's intentions after he said Washington will stop joint military exercises.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the United States was stopping "very provocative" and costly military exercises with South Korea to facilitate denuclearisation negotiations with North Korea.

The United States and its ally South Korea hold regular military exercises to the fury of North Korea, which has long seen the drills as preparations to invade it.

"The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them," Trump told a news conference in Singapore after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Under the circumstances, that we're negotiating, I think it's inappropriate to be having war games.

"At this point, we need to find out the precise meaning or intentions of President Trump's remarks," a Blue House spokesman said.

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