Trump, South Korea's Moon agree to no military drills during Olympicshttp://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/04/politics/us-south-korea-drills-intl/
Story highlightsThe Games are scheduled for February 9 to 25Moon and Trump also spoke about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
Seoul (CNN)US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed not to hold joint military drills during the Winter Olympic Games in February, Korea's presidential office has said.The announcement follows a diplomatic breakthrough that re-established communications between North and South Korea, though US officials took a skeptical stance Thursday about Kim's sincerity in soothing tensions.In a phone call on Thursday, Trump and Moon "agreed not to host joint military drills during the period of Pyeongchang Olympics," in South Korea, the Blue House in Seoul said in a statement. The Games are scheduled for February 9 to 25.A senior US military official also confirmed to CNN that there would be no joint exercises during the Games. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long bemoaned the joint US-South Korean drills and has often called them a direct threat to Pyongyang.Read MoreTwo phones, two years: How North and South Korea reconnectedOn Wednesday, Kim gave the order to revive a hotline with South Korea that had sat dormant for almost two years, in a U-turn following a year of tensions and hostility with the US, as well as neighbors with South Korea and Japan. Contact between Pyongyang and Seoul was made on the hotline Wednesday and Thursday. That breakthrough came after Kim expressed hope in his New Year's Day address that his country might participate in the Olympics."America supports President Moon 100%," Trump said to Moon during the 30-minute phone call, according to the Blue House statement. Trump also told Moon that he would send high-level representatives to the Winter Games, including his own family. The White House did not immediately reply to CNN's request for comment. The decision to hold off on military drills is a cooler response from the US President, who bragged in a tweet that his nuclear button was "much bigger & more powerful" than Kim's. Trump also sought to take credit for the resumption of communications between Pyongyang and Seoul on Thursday. "With all of the failed 'experts' weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total 'might' against the North," Trump tweeted Thursday morning."Fools, but talks are a good thing!" he added.
With all of the failed "experts" weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn't firm, strong and willing to commit our total "might" against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018