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

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

Yesterday, the two leaders signed a commitment towards denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Jong Un invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, calling it the start of a "radical switchover" in the nuclear-armed Cold War foes' fraught relations.

But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint US and South Korean military exercises in exchange for a continued freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile testing, accompanied by no concrete North Korean commitment to freeze further development of its nuclear and missile programs".

So we got our hostages back, but they've blown up one of their sites, one of their testing sites, their primary testing site, in fact some people say their only testing site, they are getting rid of a missile, which isn't in the document, that was done afterwards, they're getting rid of a missile testing site - they're doing so much now.

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

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.

Many said they welcomed the USA and North Korea moving to narrow their differences, but remained cautious and skeptical.

Trump explained during a post-summit news conference that inspectors will be sent into North Korea to verify the country is moving forward with denuclearization.

But the chances of North Korea successfully emulating the Vietnam model are "slim", according to a team of economists at Capital Economics led by Gareth Leather.

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But, Koreans are anxious they could be affected by the summit discussion.

Still, it's too early for Trump to declare the summit a victory.

But a joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved.

"However, it does not make sense that the U.S".

Regarding Trump's remarks, Nam Gwan-pyo, a deputy director of Seoul's presidential National Security Office, said that there is "no change at all" regarding the exercise issue.

The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbor, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force.

The statement seemed to surprise South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Stephen Pomper, US program director at the Crisis Group, said Trump had sown confusion by announcing the end of drills without first checking with the South Koreans.

In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime's status quo. "What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting", Schumer said from the Senate floor.

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