Some pro-military South Koreans feel deeply betrayed by President Trump's surprise announcement about suspending joint armed forces drills, which have been the most vivid display of the U.S.
South Koreans erupted in applause Tuesday as Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for what local media billed as the "talks of the century". "A lot. Number two, it is really something they very much appreciated".
Tuesday's summit was the first time a sitting USA president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.
Japan has repeatedly called for the issue to be raised in discussions with Pyongyang, and Trump said at a press conference yesterday afternoon that he had discussed the issue with Kim. "We paid for a big majority of them".
The US also has a strong military base on the Pacific island of Guam, a US territory and a keystone of American military strategy in the region.
"If North Korea is no longer an issue, then what is the goal of leaving the troops here?" "Instead, I think they should be continued, even on a smaller scale, for the sake of the alliance".
"Around the same time, Mr. 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", The Journal wrote of the plan.
"I want to bring our soldiers back home", Trump said, adding that it was "not part of the equation right now". "I was a little concerned that the president would give away our issue with regard to military exercises without getting something in return".
The ICBM has been a grave concern for the USA, as the North was seen using the missile capability to keep American forces at bay and undercut the credibility of the U.S.' security commitment to its Asian allies.
On June 26, 2017, Scott Bray, who works for the director of national intelligence as the national intelligence manager for East Asia, gave a public speech explaining what the USA intelligence community believes Kim is doing and why. Tuesday, Trump announced exactly that. Col. Jennifer Lovett, a spokeswoman at the US military command in South Korea, said the command "has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises". After a shorter than usual spring exercise, the USA and South Korea had aerial war games near the North Korean border, with U.S. nuclear-capable bombers. Trump's total sidelining of North Korea's infamous human rights abuses has also caused concern. At a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, "I'm very troubled today" by the president's halt to the exercises.
"I'm equally confident in what Secretary Mattis said", he added. This led to North Korean condemnation, and Trump briefly cancelling the summit.