Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Scrapped drill with South Korea would have cost US$14m: Pentagon

Scrapped drill with South Korea would have cost US$14m: Pentagon

"They didn't give it".

According to a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, Trump's decision to give Kim the CD comes after a conversation the two leaders had over lunch during their summit in June.

North Korea said after the follow-up talks that the meetings with Pompeo were "regrettable", and accused the US of using "gangster-like" tactics to push denuclearization. "I believe that it does not make any sense". China's position on the Korean peninsula is consistent and clear.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pyongyang's state media implied Tuesday.

The Ulchi civilian drills were launched in 1968, a year after a failed attempt by North Korean commandos to assassinate then-South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon put a dollar amount - about US$14 million - on the costs of Freedom Guardian, which was shelved after Trump met with Kim in a historic summit Singapore last month. CVID is an acronym for "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization", a term used for the goal of the process of ending Libya's nuclear weapons program.

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"In the last few months, we displayed maximum patience and watched the USA while initiating good-will steps as many as we can", KCNA, in a statement attributed to a spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry, said.

Accusations from US politicians, however, have triggered nationalistic sentiment among Chinese netizens.

After the week-long news hiatus, on Tuesday KCNA released four reports of the leader's trip to Samjiyon county on the Chinese border.

While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it'll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea's delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of worldwide politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

Trump later added on Twitter that the decision would "save a fortune".

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake", he tweeted. But the president's optimistic outlook about North Korea's willingness to denuclearize and steps in that direction have been brought into question, after an NBC report claiming North Korea has been expanding a nuclear facility.

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