North Korea: Trump has agreed to step-by-step denuclearization

President Trump walked with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island on Tuesday

President Trump walked with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island on Tuesday

President Donald Trump came out of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a startling a concession: The U.S. will stop participating in military exercises on the Korean peninsula, a major facet of the American alliance with South Korea.

"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should", Trump said in Singapore.

But Panetta, who previously worked for President Barack Obama, said there are a "huge number of issues" that will actually involve the denuclearization of North Korea, which owns an estimated 20 to 60 nuclear weapons with about 141 sites that can produce them. "So, I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it - but we had no choice", he told Hannity.

Trump and Kim signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"Six and a half hours - that's a long time for these big massive planes to be flying to South Korea to practice and then drop bombs all over the place, and then go back to Guam", Trump said.

Meanwhile at the Pentagon, officials ducked in and out of meetings to discuss what would amount to an epic shift in how the United States military has been postured in South Korea for decades.

"My first question is whether our allies, the South Koreans, were consulted in advance of suspending these military exercises", he told Reuters.

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Chung Lee, who is owner of Kim's Korean Restaurant in Spokane, moved to the USA from South Korea more than 35 years ago.

North Korea has called for an end to the exercises as part of the United States' ending its "hostile policy" toward the country.

But Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel and fellow at the Defense Priorities military think tank, said suspending the drills would have no short-term impact on US and South Korean military readiness.

U.S. Air Force Airmen watch an F-16 Fighting Falcon take off during Exercise MAX THUNDER 17's media day at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 20, 2017.

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

The president said he and Kim "got along very well" from "the beginning" of the summit.

In fact, Trump and Kim's agreement made no mention of North Korea's human rights abuses, and Trump said following the summit that Kim "loves his people".

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