Trump Says China To Blame For Hurting U.S.-North Korean Relations

Hugh Fox
August 30, 2018

The announcement had come months after the US and South Korean forces earlier in the year postponed two Peninsula-wide exercises, Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, in a pledge to downsize military training until the Winter Olympics in South Korea had concluded.

'This is not helpful!' the statement said.

The White House, in a statement sent on Twitter by Mr Trump, said the US President believes North Korea is under "tremendous pressure" from China but that Beijing also was supplying Pyongyang with "considerable aid", including fuel, fertiliser and commodities.

Following the Singapore summit, the military suspended the massive Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in South Korea, which involves thousands of American troops each year.

He also vowed: 'If he does, they will be far bigger than ever before'.

On Tuesday, Mr Mattis noted that the suspension of joint military drills with South Korea as a good-faith gesture to North Korea was not open-ended.

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Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is skeptical that North Korea intends to give up its nuclear weapons and argues that doing a peace treaty or declaration upfront would not necessarily lead to further steps. Trump abruptly canceled his top diplomat's planned trip to North Korea on Friday, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with the North's leader. "Trump is just buck-passing the US-NK stalemate onto China, [because] he doesn't want to take the blame himself", Kelly wrote, also in a tweet.

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The entire premise of the relations between North Korea with the USA hinges on the de-nuclearisation process but with China being the sole but solid trade partner of Pyongyang, the threat of bringing back economic sanctions could appear rather toothless, if considered at all.

"There are ongoing exercises all the time on the peninsula", Mattis said.

The latest hitch in the talks centers on the North's demand that the United States join the two Koreas in jointly declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, Suh Hoon, director of Seoul's National Intelligence Service, told a closed-door parliamentary hearing Tuesday, according to lawmakers who briefed journalists on it.

United States intelligence and defence officials have repeatedly expressed deep doubts about North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear weapons and had not expected Mr Pompeo's trip to yield positive results.

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Restarting military drills would likely infuriate North Korea, which has in the past responded to the annual drills with threats of force. In addition, a technology firm in the country is developing an exchange platform for bitcoin, while average citizens of North Korea have little knowledge of cryptocurrency, the report claims.

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"They basically don't think we're doing enough", a senior USA official said on Wednesday, referring to the North Koreans.

"I don't know if it is off the rails as much as they aren't making progress on key issues".

But in his tweets, Mr Trump also signalled that the USA has its own military means of exerting pressure on Pyongyang.

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