Trump's vow to end US-South Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard

Who gained and who lost what from the Trump Kim summit

"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the statement said.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), NPR noted, sent a letter to President Donald Trump back in June this year, urging him to make the issue part of the president's negotiation with North Korea's supreme leader.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had a one-on-one in Singapore today.

Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Kim, whom he described as "very talented".

North Korea also insists that the USA troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North.

Stephen Pomper, US program director at the Crisis Group, said Trump had sown confusion by announcing the end of drills without first checking with the South Koreans. Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive". "The economy of South Korea didn't pass the North until the early '70s". We will be saving a tremendous amount of money.

Though the Pentagon has claimed all those war games, most of which simulate attacks on North Korea, are "necessary", analysts say they doubt suspending them will have any real impact on U.S. military capabilities.

Stoffer was critical of Trump's promise to Kim to immediately end all regular joint military exercises between the United States armed forces and South Korea without getting any new concession from North Korea in return.

The president and the North Korean leader signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbour could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country. If President Trump can't take Kim to task for that, then no dictator need worry about American censure. "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies". Only time will tell if North Korea is serious this time, and in the meantime we must continue to apply maximum economic pressure. "From reading this document, I don't think the United States will be successful".

Trump also seemed annoyed that USA bomber aircraft make six-plus hour flights from the Pacific island of Guam to the Korean peninsula as part of its exercise routine.

South Korea's Presidential Blue House said it needed to "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Trump's statement, while adding that it was willing to "explore various measures to help the talks move forward more smoothly".

Chung Lee, who is owner of Kim's Korean Restaurant in Spokane, moved to the US from South Korea more than 35 years ago.

There are 130,000 people in concentration camps in North Korea.

North Korea has criticized Japan's repeated insistence on discussing the issue as "a mean and foolish behavior to stem the trend of peace on the Korean Peninsula at any cost", according to North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Having just been on the receiving end of the Trump administration's most significant hammer-blow to diplomacy-namely, its decision to ditch a six-nation nuclear accord that was negotiated over a period of several years-Iran is perhaps better-positioned than any other nation to assess Trump's reliability as a negotiating partner and "dealmaker".

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