President Trump said that he had asked for the concession at the last minute but Kim Jong Un agreed to start the process immediately, "He agreed to that so quickly and so nice - it was really a very nice thing, and he understands it".
U.S. President Donald Trump was left to talk up a poor deal on Tuesday afternoon as he emerged from a day of photo ops and brief discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Among them, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was caught off guard since Trump had said military cooperation would not necessarily be part of a first meeting with Kim.
His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only a year ago was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.
"I hope to share this recognition between Japan and the US, or among Japan, US and South Korea", he told reporters. No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised. There would be nothing to criticize him on during an election year other than we don't like what he says.
"I was not entirely optimistic about the summit because it nearly got canceled once", said Yoon Yong-jin, 20, a university student.
Their first moments together were picked apart for any clues about how the political heavyweights would match up.
"I guess it gave me a little more shine of a light, as far as like, knowing the fact that I did something pretty, pretty historical as far as like bringing awareness to North Korea and some of the issues that's over there", Rodman said.
President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States would suspend military exercises with South Korea left one of their most experienced military leaders "speechless".
"He later added: ".@VP went on to say while this readiness training and exchanges will occur, war games will not 2/2". "And then they said it was in North Korea, and then they found out it was a nuclear test, I said, I never heard of a Richter scale in the high eights".
Rep. Ed Royce of California, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded Trump for pursuing peace through diplomacy, but he also said Kim had "gained much" Tuesday, "including an apparent promise" from Trump to suspend military drills. "It's a great, great step in moving forward in the world and I hope that we can continue this and I think it's a great, great opportunity for the world to see what's going to happen". We will be saving a tremendous amount of money. "I think nobody can doubt the extremely unique and important role China has played". The U.S. would also stop joint military exercises in South Korea.
Currently, the United States has 28,500 personnel in South Korea.
On Wednesday the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said the suspension of war games - a surprise concession offered by the USA president on Tuesday night that caught South Korea by surprise - was not in the official declaration but "the president spoke about it in answer to a question at a press conference".
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