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Minister: S. Korea 'flexible' on timing, format of ending Korean War

18 June 2018

In a series of tweets, Trump slammed the "Fake News" for claiming he gave so much to North Korea just by meeting with the country's leader last week in Singapore. The last time North Korea turned over remains was in 2007, when Bill Richardson, a former United Nations ambassador and New Mexico governor, secured the return of six sets from North Korea. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Senate Democratic leader, that the summit was all show, no substance, or as the Democrat put it in Senate remarks, "what the Texans call all cattle, no hat". Last year, it tested long-range missiles that could reach the USA mainland, although it's not certain that the North has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target.

However, in a sign Seoul may be open to suspending drills, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday his government would need to be flexible when it came to applying military pressure on North Korea if it was honest about denuclearisation. The two met earlier this week to begin to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program, a summit marked by what Trump said was friendly chemistry between them.

"Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the USA stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior", the Journal reported. Journalists witnessed the demolition of three tunnels and nearby buildings.

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If anything has been done to pull back on missile launch sites, it's marginal at best. Ejection tests are a limited step short of a full-blown launch.

"I can now call him", he said. One had been sentenced in April 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of espionage.

The two sides are expected to hold a fourth round of negotiations over the so-called burden-sharing cost in Seoul later this month.

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As well, Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster, died in June 2017, days after he arrived back in the USA with severe brain damage. But no one doubted Trump's capacity to totally annihilate all of North Korea given the "Big Button" the US President always carried with him that would set a thousand nuclear-tipped missiles into pre-planned action against the enemy. North Korea reciprocally responded with name calling and equally overheated rhetoric.

Richard Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, expressed excitement and approval at how Trump had raised the MIA issue with Kim and gotten a commitment to return remains.

Immediately after the announcement, USA forces in Korea said they had received no guidance on stopping any drills, and South Korean officials said they were trying to figure out which exercises Trump was referring to. More than 36,000 US troops died in the conflict, including those listed as missing in action.

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Minister: S. Korea 'flexible' on timing, format of ending Korean War