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

13 Juin 2018

At the end of the historic summit, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement to put in writing the commitment to a denuclearized and peaceful Korean Peninsula.

WITH US President Donald Trump setting the course for normalising ties with North Korea and even saying that war games with South Korea would end, China appeared to be a beneficiary from Tuesday's summit, while Japan welcomed the outcome.

Donald Trump during a signing ceremony with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

The document indicates the leaders will work toward establishment of "new US-Democratic People's Rrepublic of Korea relations".

"President Trump believes that Kim Jong-un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country", he told reporters.

Hoffman, a Fox News contributor, said that what summits usually consist of are "a lot of pages and a lot of details".

"So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice", the president said.

Ending what Trump referred to as "war games" - the annual joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea - was one of the biggest wins Kim secured during the landmark meeting in Singapore earlier Tuesday.

"North Korea or South-North summit could take place when two former South Korea presidents are still behind bars", he added, showing support for former presidents Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung bak.

-South Korean military exercises "provocative". KCNA said Kim and Trump accepted mutual invitations for visits to North Korea and the United States.

In fact MNSBC's Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough took to Twitter to express that he did have "many concerns" about the so-called "Shotgun Summit", but he also noted that he thought a handshake between the two leaders was "far preferable to them making war".

It's the summit itself that represents Trump's most significant victory, giving him a genuine achievement that none of his predecessors can lay claim to.

"The core of the U.S".

US Forces Korea (USFK), which comprises about 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea, received no fresh guidance on upcoming joint training exercises, including so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian scheduled for later this year.

The statement seemed to surprise South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "Got along great with Kim Jong-un who wants to see wonderful things for his country", Trump tweeted.

"In March, I had the privilege of attending the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program titled "Finding a Diplomatic Solution to the North Korea Crisis" at Stanford University".

Trump even said he'd like to eventually close all USA military operations on the peninsula.

USA forces in South Korea said it has "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.

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