Kim summit drew global reaction, with many expressing cautious hope

The US-South Korean exercise calendar hits a high point every year

The US-South Korean exercise calendar hits a high point every year

The newspaper said the North Koreans could have multiple concerns in such a situation.

If North Korea's input into USA military decisions keeps up, the entire rationale for U.S. forces in South Korea could be quickly undermined, leaving a gap China would likely fill to displace the United States as the region's dominant power.

The South Korean government also appeared caught off guard.

Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim. If Washington does not bring back its military from South Korea, there will be no denuclearization. He told Trump, according to the KCNA, North Korea and the US should refrain from antagonizing with each other and take relevant "legal" and "institutional" actions on that matter. -South Korean military drills and move forward with the plan to remove the 28,500 American troops stationed in Seoul.

The South Koreans said early Tuesday that they would seek clarification on the president's remarks, suggesting that they were not aware that Trump planned to offer to give up the drills in his summit with Kim.

Trump's statement was portrayed by critics as an unreciprocated concession.

"I highly appreciate the fact that President Trump firmly touched upon what I told him recently about the abduction issue, which is very important to us, to Japan", Abe said. "We just hope President Trump knows what he was getting into".

Even some Republicans in Congress seemed uneasy about this.

On the other hand, Russian Federation and China, who joined North Korea in criticizing the joint military drills in the past, welcomed Trump's decision.

In November 2017, after returning to Washington from a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia, President Trump stood in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House and insisted that he and President Xi had agreed they "would not accept a so-called "freeze for freeze" agreement like those that have consistently failed in the past".

"The greatest achievement of the summit was that Trump's comments show his confidence in resolving any issues [with Kim]", Nam said in a brief meeting with a small group of reporters in Singapore.

South Korea's presidential office says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in Thursday morning to discuss the meeting, which made history as the first between sitting leaders of the U.S. and North Korea. In recent years, they have also involved practice drills for terror and chemical attacks.

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

Klug reported from Singapore. The absolutely key item is number 3: "Reaffirming the April 27, 2018, Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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