Most senior military officials caught off guard by Trump "war games" announcement

US President Donald Trump waves after Air Force One arrived at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore

US President Donald Trump waves after Air Force One arrived at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore

But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint USA 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". And yet, somehow we find ourselves with yet more angles to the events in Singapore, with former National Basketball Association star player Dennis Rodman doing the work of attaching another topic that is a favorite of the media, cryptocurrency.

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.

Give Donald Trump his due: the meeting was historic-the leaders of the USA and North Korea had never met before.

Meanwhile at the Pentagon, officials ducked in and out of meetings to discuss what would amount to an epic shift in how the USA military has been postured in South Korea for decades. Potcoin originates in Canada, which has legalized recreational marijuana use on June 7th of this year, but Potcoin may find more application in the United States.

For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. "The symbols that were broadcast all over the world last night have lasting consequences". "We would like to ask North Korea to make policy changes in a visible way", Onodera said, expressing concern about Trump's plans to suspend the joint exercises with Seoul.

"This is their life and their future", she said.

DENNIS RODMAN: We have really put ourselves on the line to reach out to North Korea. But the president also left open the possibility that the exercises could continue if negotiations don't work. "The key going forward will be North Korea's actions, not their promises, in taking concrete, transparent steps toward that goal". There is a "huge difference between the two", the anonymous official said. Economic penalties the U.S. imposes on Pyongyang relate to proliferation and human rights violations, issues North Korea has gone back on with the United States in previous agreements. "It will take time for the public here to build trust toward the North", it added.

"Working toward" complete denuclearization is long way from "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.

But the suspension of exercises hit the traveling delegation like a bombshell, Martin reports, and sent members scrambling to notify the South Koreans, catching most senior officials by surprise and leaving them unable to explain what the suspension of "war games" means.

The next scheduled major exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian and involving tens of thousands of troops, would normally be held in August. It calls them exercises.

U.S. forces in South Korea said it has "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.

"In coordination with our [South Korean] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense ... and/or Indo-Pacific Command", Col. Jennifer Lovett told Stars and Stripes in an email. -South Korean military exercises "provocative".

Former Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold said that the signing in Singapore of a statement of commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is "a bad day for Iran, and a good day for Israel, because the Iranians will be weaker today". Our alliances remain ironclad, and ensure peace and stability in the region.

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