Trump vows to 'stop the war games' after Singapore summit

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

"President Trump committed to providing security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Photographs of the document signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump indicate he and the North Korean leader have agreed to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The account Wednesday in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper could signal the first rift with President Trump over the perceived path forward with the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.

"United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

Experts at Boston-area universities Tuesday reacted both cautiously and skeptically to President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it hadn't produced much of substance and even that Kim had come away the victor.

"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should", Trump said.

"I'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from our meetings tomorrow", he said.

The statement comes just hours after Trump and Kim's historic summit on North Korean nuclear weapons.

Trump surprised observers when he told reporters after the unprecedented meeting in Singapore that continuing the exercises routinely held between the United States and South Korean militaries would be "inappropriate" while the U.S. works to flesh out a comprehensive deal with North Korea. -South Korean military drills - and wants to remove the 28,500 USA troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.

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North Korea historically has called for the removal of the U.S.

Young men watched the Trump-Kim summit with heightened anticipation.

"It is a consolidation of the earlier achievement made during the Inter-Korean Summit of April 27 resulting in the Panmunjom Declaration between the leaders of the Koreas".

U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement Tuesday that he will suspend U.S. military drills in South Korea appeared to catch the Pentagon and the Seoul government flat-footed, and it contradicted a pillar of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis' campaign to make U.S. troops more combat-ready. "This is a win for North Korea, which seems to have yielded nothing".

-South Korean military exercises "provocative". "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies". The supreme leader, Trump said, was happy to accommodate the request.

But Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel and fellow at the Defense Priorities military think tank, said suspending the drills would have no short-term impact on USA and South Korean military readiness.

Ingraham, who has often chastised the left and mainstream media for its coverage of Trump, invoked recent comments by HBO host Bill Maher and his hope for an economic recession if it meant getting rid of the Republican commander in chief.

The Security Council could consider loosening or lifting sanctions on North Korea "in accordance with the compliance of the (North Korean) side and the development of the situation", Geng said at a daily briefing in Beijing.

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