Kim meet falls short of Nixon-goes-to-China moment

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As a result, the USA has conducted military exercises on the peninsula since the mid-1950s and holds a handful of joint operations with South Korea every year, a means of ensuring the two forces are able to work together in the event of an attack.

"In coordination with our ROK partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)", the statement added.

The presidential office said the measures were particularly needed at a time "when a variety of serious dialogues have been held between the North and the USA for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the establishment of relations".

"The North Koreans did not come with anything new", Hayden said on CNN.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos and at a press briefing Trump announced that he was suspending military exercises conducted annually in South Korea by the US military.

In order to verify North Korea's dismantling of its nuclear program, inspectors will have to dispatched to the state, which Trump stated he will have happen.

Washington and Seoul conduct two major sets of exercises each year - Foal Eagle and Key Resolve in the spring and Ulchi Freedom Guardian in the fall. "We pay for the majority of them", the president said. "I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately", Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.

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Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim. In an effort to avoid raising tension, however, South Korea announced in early June that it would continue the annual exercises quietly and stop publicizing them.

The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by US political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.

The US president and North Korean leader pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula during their meeting in Singapore.

Kelly Magsamen, a national security specialist with the Center for American Progress, said Tuesday's agreement contained no specific commitments by North Korea.

At the same time, he said complete denuclearization would take time.

Mount said it's not clear whether Kim requested the freeze or whether Trump offered it unilaterally. I want to get our soldiers out.

It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of USA troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.

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