U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a joint statement after their Singapore meeting that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and gave U.S. guarantees of security to North Korea.
The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War and has used them in a variety of drills. And that's not all.
Trump's decision serves Kim's long-standing objective of driving a wedge between the United States and South Korea well; the South Korean Blue House and military leadership both have communicated that they had to further examine Trump's comments, indicating that the move was unexpected and sudden.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests the Republican president has broad support for one of his biggest foreign policy efforts, despite criticism from non-proliferation experts that Trump had exacted few concrete commitments from Kim on Tuesday on dismantling his nuclear arsenal. "Did you get anything in return?" he asked. "One destiny", the reel continued, over footage of Trump and Kim waving from on high. In also expressing a desire to eventually remove the 28,500 American troops stationed on the peninsula, Mr Trump's shift could overturn longstanding U.S. policy in Asia and has received a cool reception from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in their country, no details of nuclear reduction or the peace treaty ending the Korean War from the early 1950s, and human rights.
"Given that they were able to sign this agreement, it will prove that United States remains to be a superpower and also this will give them the right, more leverage on how they will engage with North Korea diplomatically or economically", he said.
"A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else, Trump said. I got them after we had signed the agreement".
"Heading back home from Singapore after a truly awesome visit", Trump tweeted. Ultimately, in the short term, at least while diplomacy continues, Trump's tweets seem to indicate he is ready to live with the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons and potentially the capacity to fire them at the United States, in an implicit erosion of the USA strategic position.
Denuclearization or the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement" of North Korea's nuclear weapons - long the hallowed and increasingly unrealistic United States objective - was present only in name.
But much of the fear over imminent war previous year was stoked in the first place by Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric and boasts about the size of the U.S. nuclear button.
"I don't know that I will ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse", Trump said. North Korea's economic lifeline, China has been praised by Trump for ramping up economic pressure on the North that the USA believes helped coax Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table. "But there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations". What has it been like there and how is the summit being covered by the other foreign media outlets there? Mr Trump made clear he was keeping U.S. sanctions in place until he saw evidence of a reduced nuclear threat.
Suga, Japan's top government spokesman, welcomed the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula because of the Trump-Kim summit.
But the summit did have all of the trappings Mr Kim could have desired.
"We had a historic meeting, and chose to leave the past behind", Kim said. They greeted each other with a 12-second handshake, then retired for a 38-minute private meeting before being joined by aides. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".
-South Korea drills that Trump - after meeting Kim - said would be terminated, Pompeo emphasized a key caveat: If the mercurial North Korean leader stops negotiating in good faith, the "war games" will be back on.