Trump vows to 'stop the war games' after Singapore summit

Trump vows to 'stop the war games' after Singapore summit

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

Following the unprecedented meeting in Singapore, Trump stunned observers when he said continuing the exercises routinely held between the USA and South Korea would be "inappropriate" while Washington fleshes out a comprehensive deal with Pyongyang.

"But the President said he expected immediate action as a result of the talks".

Added Trump: "So, I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it".

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the United States seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security).

Trump also seemed annoyed that USA bomber aircraft make six-plus hour flights from the Pacific island of Guam to the Korean peninsula as part of its exercise routine.

Trump also said in the interview he believed the North Korean leader would start to work toward dismantling his country's nuclear program "virtually immediately".

Tuesday morning saw the South Korean President tell a cabinet meeting he "could hardly sleep last night" because of the Trump-Kim summit.

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Ahn said for people who are not Korean, it's just an issue for the moment.

North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and numerous scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged.

If the showy drills do end, it would be a concession on the part of the president to Kim.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

"Everybody is interested in the summit right now", she said.

"There is no single change in the suspension of the South-U.S. joint military exercise compared to the past", Nam said.

"I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington".

"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.

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