Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

S.Korea president: Singapore agreement will end Cold War

S.Korea president: Singapore agreement will end Cold War

Washington has pledged to suspend military exercises on the Korean Peninsula following a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, prompting experts to question why the move was made without substantive concessions on denuclearization from Pyongyang.

Ending what Trump referred to as "war games" - the annual joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea - was one of the biggest wins Kim secured during the landmark meeting in Singapore earlier Tuesday.

A major obstacle to reaching and implementing any nuclear deal is that the US and North Korea have differing definitions of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

"I don't think that's wise", said Sen.

Pompeo also sought to counter concerns that North Korea and the US came away from the talks with fundamentally different interpretations.

Trump said Tuesday that he would invite Kim to the White House at an "appropriate time".

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Lovett said, as of now, the USA military plans to "continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance" from the Department of Defense or Indo-Pacific Command.

"We can only determine the success of this meeting by the outcomes, and that will take some time", she said.

On Monday, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that there had been no discussions on future withdrawals of US troops from Korea. "South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the global community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

United States military exercises with South Korea have been a key pillar of the defence relationship between the two countries that, despite a 1953 armistice, remain technically at war with North Korea.

The North Korean leader appears unimpressed by the US President's remark at their working lunch in Singapore.

Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience.

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"The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor", Trump said in Singapore after his summit with Kim.

Following the unprecedented summit, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement in which they agreed to craft "new" bilateral relations and make joint efforts to build a "lasting and stable" peace regime on the peninsula.

Mr Trump's comments suggests he had accepted President Kim's position that the drills were a hostile provocation.

However, dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme will present a daunting challenge.

"It is something that [North Korea] very much appreciated", he said, adding that the exercises cost too much and are seen as provocative by North Korea. He told Trump, according to the KCNA, North Korea and the USA should refrain from antagonizing with each other and take relevant "legal" and "institutional" actions on that matter.

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