Offbeat N. Korea military 'all quiet' ahead of summit: Mattis

23:50  11 june  2018
23:50  11 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Mattis has guts!!! That’s why he’s the secretary of Military defense, and not James Comey. Isn’t that right, Iran, Libya, soon to be North Korea , Sudan, Cuba, and whoever else George W listed as the axis of evil.

South Korea's Defence Minister Song Young-moo (L) with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of this year's Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore © Provided by AFP South Korea's Defence Minister Song Young-moo (L) with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of this year's Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

The North Korean military shows no signs of unusual activity or being in a heightened state of readiness ahead of a historic summit in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

"All's quiet," Mattis told Pentagon reporters when asked his assessment of North Korean military activity.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Singapore, capping a remarkable build-up to the summit that Trump at one point canceled.

Mattis also repeated earlier comments that, as far as he knew, the large US troop presence in South Korea would not factor into discussions.

He noted that the matter was one only for Seoul and Washington to consider.

The US has some 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea.

S.Korea, U.S. agree to suspend joint military drills scheduled for August -Yonhap .
South Korea and the United States have agreed to delay a joint military exercise called the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday. The two countries were widely expected to announce the suspension of "large-scale" military drills this week after U.S. President Donald Trump surprised officials in Seoul and Washington when he pledged to end "war games" after his summit in Singapore last week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.South Korea's Defence Ministry officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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