Trump's vow to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region

Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed "unwavering commitment" to complete denuclearization, US President Trump said after their first face-to face talks. Dems lack heir apparent this time MORE's decision to suspend joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula a "pretty significant concession" by the U.S.to North Korea. "It is central to maintaining the conditions for disarmament", Lajcak added.

The Korean Central News Agency and the Korean Central Television reported Monday that Kim departed from Pyongyang on Sunday morning via a Chinese chartered airplane to hold a summit with his USA counterpart in Singapore.

The Pentagon was not immediately able to flesh out Trump's remarks about suspending drills, a move the USA military has long resisted.

The president said he and Kim "got along from the beginning" and the North Korean leader realized that he must get rid of his nuclear weapons. "The U.S.is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary". "Plus, I think it's very provocative".

"South Korea will have mixed feelings toward Trump's remarks", said Lee Il-woo, a director at Korea Defense Network in Seoul.


"So I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it", Trump continued.

The general statement on "immediate repatriation" could refer to remains North Korea already has in storage but were never returned after joint recovery efforts were suspended in 2005 amid the political impasse over North Korean provocations and advances in its missile and nuclear programs.

CIA Dir. Michael Hayden on the Trump-Kim summit: "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Koreans allies". "There has been real concern that he would only look after USA interests, not those of our long-standing allies". It was shocking, he said, because these exercises are fundamental to our military relationship with South Korea. "My second question is, what did we receive in return for this concession?"

President Trump warned Kim Jong-un before the United Nations General Assembly last September that the US stands ready to obliterate North Korea.

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