Trump says US-S. Korea talks on defense payment begin

Friday, 09 Aug, 2019

"Pyongyang has given no indication they are willing to talk unless we put real sanctions relief on the table", Ken Gause, director of the Adversary Analytics Program at CNA, said.

Also, a stopgap agreement for South Korea to increase its payments from $850 million in 2018 to $924 million in 2019 is set to expire in December, according to an analysis by the Congressional Research Service. But they have pointed to an erosion of trust after South Korean court rulings a year ago ordered Japanese firms to compensate wartime forced labourers.

It wasn't clear if he was talking about last year's figure or a new deal.

North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun also published photos showing what appeared to be a missile soaring from a launcher installed on a vehicle and Kim smiling and celebrating with military officials.

North Korean hackers have earned the Kim Jong-un regime in the region of $2bn after targeting banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a new United Nations report. 'But I felt all along, and I've felt for years it was a very unfair one, so they've agreed to pay a lot more, and they will agree to pay a lot more than that'. -South Korean military exercises.

But Trump has repeatedly complained about the expense of keeping U.S. forces on the peninsula, and Seoul said in February it had agreed to hike its payment for maintaining American troops on its soil from $850 million to $924 million in 2019 - 8.2 percent more than what it offered under a previous five-year pact which expired at the end of last year.

It's unclear where Trump got the $990 million number.

Though many consider Trump an unconventional United States president, the former businessman has been consistent on this issue.

Its four rounds of weapons demonstrations in two weeks come during a stalemate in nuclear negotiations and after President Donald Trump repeatedly dismissed the significance of the tests, even though the weapons show North Korea's ability to strike at USA allies South Korea and Japan and its military bases there.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said Thursday that Tokyo had given the green light to export to South Korea chemicals used in chipmaking and smartphone manufacturing.

According to a statement from the North Korean Foreign Ministry, although Washington and Seoul perform tricks 'to justify the manoeuvres, their aggressive nature can not be covered up or whitewashed in any way'.

His remark came ahead of U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper's visit to Seoul on Friday for talks on pending alliance issues, including Washington's demand for Seoul to increase its contribution to the cost of stationing 28,500 American troops here.

It was the latest in the series of macho military moves from the nation.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed at a June 30 meeting to resume talks between working-level officials stalled since a failed summit in Hanoi in February.

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton highlighted on Tuesday Mr Kim's pledge to Mr Trump not to resume tests of intercontinental-range missiles that threaten the United States. These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands, ' Trump wrote. "Externally, it's trying not to break the platform of dialogue", he said, adding that Kim must also shield "himself from criticism from the North Korean people who feel insecure over national security concerns". He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!,' he concluded.

The South Korean Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to The Epoch Times' request for a comment.