US Defense Chief to Arrive in S. Korea Thursday

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'Kim Jong Un and North Korea tested 3 short range missiles over the last number of days.

The president told reporters the letter from North Korea was hand-delivered to his office, joking, "Don't have to worry about leaks".

"It was a very positive letter".

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo arrive for a signing ceremony ahead of a meeting at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, August 9, 2019. "He really wrote a lovely, three-page letter. a really lovely letter".

During his visit, Esper is also likely to reiterate US support for the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), the military information-sharing pact between Seoul and Tokyo, as a key trilateral security mechanism, due to the possibility of its abrogation amid a trade and diplomatic row between the two countries.

Trump has said he's not bothered by the flurry of missiles that Kim has launched in recent days, rattling USA allies in the region.

In line with his position that US allies should pay more for their own defense, Trump has complained that maintaining troops in South Korea is too expensive and said he would like to bring them home.

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The letter comes as the US continues to wait for North Korea to launch working-level talks on the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" that the two leaders agreed to at their first summit in Singapore. Pyongyang warned that it could seek a "new road" if such "hostile military moves" continued.Reacting to the launch, Pompeo said, "We are mindful that when we came in, there was nuclear testing taking place that has not occurred. I like that, because that's what should happen". "Over the past many decades, the USA has been paid very little by South Korea, but a year ago, at the request of President Trump, South Korea paid $990,000,000".

Yonhap also said Esper asked South Korea to send troops to join a USA -led maritime force in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran.

She also said the two sides will exchange views on key issues concerning the South Korea-U.S. alliance, including a condition-based transfer of wartime operational control from Washington to Seoul. "You know, they're supposed to be allies", he said.

"The impression that the United States is demanding or extorting more money from South Korea is very challenging to President Moon", he said. "They have to get along with each other". Since Americans and South Koreans each time claim that joint exercises are "defensive" and constitute an "important element of combat troops training", the North Koreans make it clear that in such an environment, they are simply forced to "create, test and deploy powerful physical means for the defence of the country". "No long-range missiles", Trump said Friday. Pyongyang on Tuesday fired two projectiles which "are assumed to be short-range ballistic missiles" into the sea, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said earlier.

North Korea has complained that U.S. The regime also has specifically accused Trump of breaking a pledge during a June 30 meeting to suspend all joint drills - the latest of which started Monday.

This can be seen as an affront to President Moon who has sought to mediate reconciliation between North Korea and the United States.

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