Mattis: US Could Restart Large-Scale Wargames In South Korea

North Korea will reportedly host its own cryptocurrency and blockchain conference

North Korea will reportedly host its own cryptocurrency and blockchain conference

North Korea analyst Robert Kelly of Pusan University said Trump's tweets were a clown show.

But on Wednesday, Moon's office said he was intent on working as a mediator between Kim and Trump, just as he helped broker their first meeting in June.

Mattis noted that small exercises are constantly ongoing in South Korea. If he does, they will be far bigger than ever before.

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the USA might carry out drills with South Korea next spring after having cancelled a major exercise this summer. "China makes it much more hard in terms of our relationship with North Korea".

While Trump has maintained that military exercises with South Korea will remain suspended - a decision that was first taken after a historic summit with Kim Jon Un on June 12 in Singapore, many recognise that any efforts to establish normalcy is not possible unless Beijing plays a constructive role.

The move was broadly criticized as a premature concession to North Korea, which has resisted US efforts to persuade it to give up its nuclear weapons.

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Trump had cited a lack in "sufficient progress" on North Korea's end as the reason for canceling the visit. But North Korea has given no indication it is willing to give up its weapons unilaterally as the Trump administration has demanded.

Then, on August 24, the president tweeted that he had cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea because, "I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

US analysts have raised concerns that Moon's eagerness to improve inter-Korean ties may undermine Washington's efforts to apply "maximum pressure" on the North to denuclearize, although Moon's aides called such fears unwarranted. US officials fear North Korea might turn its attention to cutting a separate deal with South Korea and driving a wedge between the U.S.

The next large-scale exercises on the schedule are the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, massive simultaneous joint U.S.

"Routine planning continues for major U.S. -ROK exercises on the peninsula in accordance with the normal exercise program planning cycle", said Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, referring to the acronym for South's official name, the Republic of Korea. Trump announced Friday via Twitter that he was canceling the secretary of state's trip because of insufficient "progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". It has also suspended nuclear tests and test-missile firings. In an apparent response to more routine training efforts, North Korea has stepped up criticism recently, saying American forces are conducting covert military rehearsals for an invasion. "You had things that were not included that we got after the deal was signed". "This affects American policy towards North Korea because North Korea is one of the key issues around which U.S. and Chinese interests pivot".

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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