Trump Says US Will Meet Major N. Korea Demand

'Provocative' war games will end, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2018 5:54 AM CDT
Updated Jun 12, 2018 6:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump filled in more details on his summit with Kim Jong Un at a press conference in Singapore on Tuesday—and it appears that a major North Korean demand has been met. Trump said that the "very provocative" war games with South Korea will come to an end, Reuters reports. Trump said stopping the games, which have long infuriated Pyongyang, will help denuclearization efforts. "The war games are very expensive, we pay for the majority of them," Trump told reporters, adding that "under the circumstances" of the current negotiations, the military exercises are "inappropriate." In other coverage:

  • Human rights. Trump said he discussed human rights with Kim, and said the thousands of prisoners in North Korean gulags would be among those to benefit from the talks, the Guardian reports. "They will be doing things. He wants to do the right thing." The New York Times notes Kim's regime has engaged in "extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation," according to a 2014 United Nations report.
  • US soldiers in South Korea. Trump said the issue of American troops in South Korea didn't come up, though he would be happy to bring them home. "I want to get our soldiers out. I want to bring our soldiers back home," he said. "But that's not part of the equation right now. I hope it will be eventually."

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