THE INTERNATIONAL community has welcomed the historic US-North Korea meeting as a milestone to "full denuclearisation" that will resolve tensions over the Korean Peninsula and open a path to global peace.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will stop "provocative and expensive" war games with South Korea in a surprise reference to the joint military exercises Pyongyang has criticized as a rehearsal of invasion.
The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries.
"What is most troubling about all this is that the US gave up something tangible, namely, US-RoK military exercises, in exchange", he added, using the abbreviation for South Korea's official name.
"I think it's a characterization that the United States may come to regret if and when we made a decision to restart joint exercises with South Korea", Denmark said. Randall Schriver, the Pentagon's assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, was in Singapore for the summit as part of the USA delegation, and will return to Washington as the Pentagon considers its next moves.
A joint exercise earlier this year involving more than 300,000 South Korean and USA troops was delayed to accommodate the Winter Olympics and was ultimately abbreviated by two weeks compared to the previous year.
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The document signed by Trump and Kim included an agreement to work to repatriate the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action from the conflict.
The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 war and has used them in a variety of large-scale drills created to sharpen skills and test troops' ability to operate effectively with their South Korean partners.
But it's unclear if or when U.S. sanctions against North Korea could be lifted.
Speaking briefly, hours after the historic talks in Singapore, Abe also said he was pleased that the United States leader had raised the emotive issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang. "A great rebounder. You know when you think-Dennis was a great rebounder and he wasn't, relatively speaking, that tall", Trump said. "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune". There is a "huge difference between the two", the anonymous official said. "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 United States also canceled the exercises several times in the 1990s as part of negotiations with the North that eventually collapsed.
Although Trump claimed credit on Tuesday evening for the breakthrough - saying "a different president" had put relations on a more productive course - Bishop said on Wednesday morning that the sanctions had been an important catalyst in drawing Kim to the table.
"I just think that we are going to start the process of denuclearisation of North Korea, and I believe that [Kim Jong-un] going back and will start it virtually immediately", Mr Trump said. "While we will not discuss specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed". But between 1996 and 2005, joint U.S.