A map of the US and South Korea military performance. (Han Lianshe)
After the first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jeong-eun, US President Donald Trump announced in June 12th that during the negotiations with the DPRK, the United States would not hold a joint military exercise with South Korea.
On the same day, Trump told an interview with Fawkes news channel in Singapore: "as long as we negotiate in good faith, we will not conduct military exercises."
However, the Japanese defense minister said in June 13th that the United States military presence and joint military exercises in South Korea are crucial to East Asian security.
Japanese defense minister Onodera Inori told reporters: "we hope to seek understanding between Japan, the United States and South Korea." He also said Japan will continue joint military exercises with the United States.
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