Vastavam web: Days after cancelling a planned visit to North Korea by his top diplomat citing insufficient progress in denuclearisation talks, U.S. President Donald Trump hailed his personal relationship North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday and said there was no reason to resume war games with South Korea. Trump’s statement came a day after his defence secretary hinted that the drills, which North Korea denounces as rehearsals for invasion, could resume.
The statement said Trump believed North Korea was under “tremendous pressure” from China, but Beijing was also supplying Pyongyang with “considerable aid,” including fuel, fertiliser and commodities. “Nonetheless, the President believes that his relationship with Kim Jong Un is a very good and warm one, and there is no reason at this time to be spending large amounts of money on joint U.S.-South Korea war games,” it added. The statement also said that the U.S. trade dispute with China and other differences “will be resolved in time by President Trump and China’s great President Xi Jinping. Their relationship and bond remain very strong.” Trump caught many American military planners off guard when he announced after an unprecedented summit with Kim on June 12 that the United States was suspending this summer’s joint military drills with South Korea.