China Rebuffs Trump’s Blame in North Korea Denuclearization Fallout

S. Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

At the Pentagon on Monday, Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said that Ulchi Freedom Guardian would likely have cost the US about $14 million but gave no details on how the figure was calculated.

The around US$14 million is not an insignificant sum, but represents only a tiny portion of the Pentagon's US$700 billion budget.

The U.S. now maintains about 28,500 troops in South Korea to deter North Korean aggression and also add to regional stability.

South Korea on Tuesday announced the suspension of the annual government mobilization Ulchi exercise this year, following the suspension of the combined military drill Freedom Guardian with the U.S. last month.

South Korean soldiers take part in a military drill which held as a part of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in Yongin, South Korea August 29, 2017. The amount is less than the purchase price of a fighter jet or slightly more than the cost of two M1 Abrams tanks, according to Pentagon documents.

Seoul's presidential office has said the suspension of the combined exercise could facilitate ongoing nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States.

'A great meeting': Trump wants North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double defence spending
Merkel, for her part, called the two nations "good partners" and said "we wish to continue to co-operate in the future". Trump's warnings about the pipeline's strategic dimension would be more persuasive if he weren't also as busy as Mr.

Meanwhile, back in Pyongyang, the meetings between Pompeo and representatives of Kim's governments were a disaster.

The North's films include the 2016 drama hit "The Story of Our Home", about three orphaned siblings trying to stay together, and "Comrade Kim Goes Flying", a 2012 romantic comedy about a miner pursuing her dream to become an acrobat.

The Pentagon has not received direction to restart military drills with South Korea, Manning said. He also said he did not know how long it would take to reinstate the exercises should negotiations break down.

"I actually do have a little gift for him but you'll find out what that gift is when I give him", Trump said. "The Defense Ministry will maintain robust readiness posture".

It is based on a computerised command-and-control drill that Pyongyang considers a highly provocative rehearsal for invasion.

At Seoul's invitation, Pyongyang sent athletes and senior officials to the South's Winter Games in February and South Korean basketball players visited Pyongyang last week. Troops from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and New Zealand also participated, according to the Defense Department.

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