Half of Americans back Trump's handling of North Korea Reuters  Ipsos poll

He emphasized that if a Japan-North Korea summit is held, it is crucial that the talks lead to a resolution of the abduction issue, along with the issues of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiles during a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 14, 2018.

Bridling at a reporter who on Wednesday asked how the deal would be verified, Pompeo said: "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous".

"I'm convinced that our alliance commitments to South Korea remain ironclad and have not changed", he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In further explaining his reasons for suspending major exercises, Trump said they "cost a fortune", though even the Pentagon, which foots the bill for USA participation in all such manoeuvrs, has been unable to say what they cost.


Trump's friendliness towards Kim and his administration has been a focal point of criticism toward the Singapore summit.

"[North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un understands the urgency of the timing of completing this denuclearization and understands we must do this quickly", Pompeo said.

This came after Mr Trump announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with North Korean leader Mr Kim.

While acknowledging it was a "natural" decision to suspend joint exercises as a security guarantee for North Korea, Dr Shin stressed there should be a common understanding that the freeze applies only if the regime stays in dialogue.

"In the Korean context, they are integral to coordination between the Republic of Korea, U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Forces Japan and other allies and partners in the region that would be necessary to the national defense should war break out".


The summit in Singapore, which marked a major reduction in tensions, yielded a joint statement that contained a promise to work toward a denuclearised Korean Peninsula, but it lacked details.

The stop in China, which also covered USA trade disputes, was largely meant to ensure Beijing remains committed to enforcing sanctions on North Korea, its neighbor and ally.

"Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people, and you take it over from your father, I don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have". North Korea said others listed as abductees by Japan either died or never entered the country, a claim that Tokyo has rejected.

In his questioning of Harris at the confirmation hearing, Sen.

However, Mr Lee said it was still undecided whether the military exercises would be suspended or cancelled.


In his letter, Gallego said it is "distressing" that Trump did not consult South Korea "or even, apparently, leadership at the Pentagon". "As we are all getting older and weaker, I told (Abe) that we are anxious to see our loved ones as soon as possible". THAAD was put in place "because of the threat from North Korea - not for China, Russia or anything else".

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