Japan to scrap evacuation drills for North Korean missile threat

Friday, 22 Jun, 2018

Meanwhile, the U.S. Indo-Pacific military commander told Japan's defense minister on Thursday that Washington remained committed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.

In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged North Korea to present "far more concrete" plans on how it will scrap its nuclear program, and the United States to take unspecified corresponding measures swiftly.

"North Korea could take part in bilateral [economic] cooperation between Russian Federation and South Korea should a peace regime settle in the region", said Moon, according to press reports.

The North Korean leader told Mr Xi he would work with China on "opening a new future" on the Korean peninsula, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

He added: "The detailed negotiations have not begun".

"Consistent with President Trump's commitment and in concert with our Republic of Korea ally, the United States military has suspended all planning for this August's defensive "wargame" (Freedom Guardian)", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly shared a mutual laugh with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on their first meeting that he would go on to describe as a success - despite joking that he was trying to kill Kim.

Following the historic summit between Donald Kim and Kim Jong-Un, the government of North Korea is expected to facilitate the return of the remains of approximately 200 US soldiers who died during the Korean War.

USA officials say that the American military command in South Korea is preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of US or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean War.

Elementary school students participated in an evacuation drill, in July 2017, in Takaoka, Toyama prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, following repeated missile launches by North Korea. "I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie".

Agreements between the two leaders were being carried out "one-by-one", it said.

"We have to make sure that, in strong concert with our allies, that we are continuing to press North Korea to change its approach", Obama said in 2014, USA Today reported.

Simon Cockerell, general manager at Koryo Tours said these not so subtle anti-American souvenirs were very popular but has been completely removed now.

More than 36,000 USA troops died in the conflict, including those listed as missing in action. After departing that gathering in Quebec, Trump attacked Justin Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak" after the Canadian prime minister told reporters his government would retaliate against new USA tariffs it viewed as unfair.

Earlier this week, the United States and South Korea announced they had agreed to suspend a joint military exercise scheduled for August, although decisions regarding subsequent drills have not yet been made.

China also appears to be working hard not to be marginalized in the fast-paced nuclear diplomacy surrounding the Korean Peninsula by bringing the North closer to its side after years of chilled relations over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile provocations.