A day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would halt the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises, calling them (quote) "expensive and provocative war games," South Korea's top office was wary of drawing any hasty conclusions.
According to Kim Eui-kyeom, the Blue House spokesperson, the Presidential Office's official stance, for now, is to try and figure out President Trump's exact intentions, but to assist in any way possible to advance dialogue for peace and denuclearization in various ways,
hinting that a suspension of the joint drills with the U.S. might not be out of the question.
"A Blue House official confirmed that President Moon will convene a full meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday to consider what exactly President Trump was referring to when he talked about "war games" -- whether it's the allies' usual drills or something else."
They'll also evaluate the outcome of the Singapore summit as well as discuss follow-up measures to implement the agreement reached by Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The Director of National Security, Chung Eui-yong, usually presides over meetings of the Standing Committee of the National Security Council, but the South Korean President will chair an all-member meeting when deemed necessary.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Blue House on Thursday morning to personally brief President Moon on the results of the North Korea-U.S. summit.
Pompeo's visit fulfills the promise of President Trump made during the 20-minute phone call with President Moon on the eve of the Singapore summit.
Also visiting the South Korean President on Thursday afternoon before the NSC meeting is Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Pompeo and Kono are scheduled to hold a three-way meeting with South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha soon.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.