Trump sides with N Korea´s Kim on missile tests, war games

Trump says talks underway to persuade South Korea to pay more for defense

Recent statements by the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the demand for the United States to stop these military exercises, also expressed concern about the supplying of the latest weapons to South Korea.

"South Korea and Japan are fighting all the time", he said. "So, I'd ask them to both resolve this issue quickly, and let's really focus on North Korea and China".

Analysts say there will be no progress without working-level negotiations on how to dismantle the regime's nuclear weapons program and lift United Nations sanctions, even if there is another summit between Trump and Kim.

With the demonstration carried out satisfactorily, "Kim Jong-un noted that the said military action would be an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the USA and South Korean authorities", KCNA said.

U.S. Defense Minister Mark Esper (right) walks with U.S. Forces Korea Commander Robert Abrams at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday, in this photo tweeted by Esper.

"They've agreed to pay a lot more, and they will agree to pay a lot more than that", he said. -South Korean military exercises ― which are focused on joint command, control and communication. -South Korea military exercises, while President Donald Trump's new defense chief defended the training as necessary to maintain readiness. The two countries agreed to discuss the defense cost sharing issue "in a reasonable and fair manner" when US national security adviser John Bolton visited South Korea and other Asian nations last month, the ministry said, adding that the details would be discussed at the next talks.

The KCNA said the launches early Tuesday verified the reliability and combat ability of "new-type tactical guided missiles".

At Some Point US Had to Take on China
China's Shanghai Composite Index opened down 1.58% when trading began on Tuesday, while the Shenzhen index opened down 2.00%. Capital Economics now expects the yuan to end the year at 7.30 per U.S. dollar, compared with previous forecasts of 6.90.

In June he offered an olive branch by meeting Kim in the Panmunjon truce village on the North Korea-South Korea border, the first sitting United States president ever to step inside the North. "The missile tests have all been short-range, no ballistic missile tests, no long-range missiles", Trump said, although the Pentagon has determined that all four rounds were of short-range ballistic missiles.

Mr Esper said on Tuesday that the United States won't overreact to the missile tests.

The command post exercise is meant to test South Korea's initial operational capability (IOC) for the envisioned OPCON transfer from Washington to Seoul, according to the officials.

The president told reporters the letter from North Korea was hand-delivered to his office, joking, "Don't have to worry about leaks".

In line with his position that US allies should pay more for their own defense, Trump has complained that maintaining troops in South Korea is too expensive and said he would like to bring them home.

"If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III", he said.

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