Trump surprises with pledge to end military exercises in South Korea

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The former USA ambassador to South Korea was astonished at the concessions agreed to by President Donald Trump during his summit with Kim Jong-un.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose efforts were crucial in bringing Trump and Kim together, said there would be no turning back on an agreement that held out the prospect for lasting peace on the peninsula. "It is central to maintaining the conditions for disarmament", Lajcak added.

Trump made the remarks at a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, calling war games expensive and "provocative".

It's debatable whether North Korea's commitment to recovering USA war remains could count as a major win for Washington when Pyongyang would be simply returning to what it had been doing for years. He also noted that the drills are quite expensive and the move will save a considerable amount of money for the United States budget.

A spokeswoman for US military forces in Korea, meanwhile, said it had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.

"I hated to do it", Mr. Trump told Mr. Hannity.

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"I was shocked when he called the exercises 'provocative, ' a very unlikely word to be used by a USA president", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because it was a politically sensitive issue.

In a joint statement signed by the leaders, the countries committed to the recovery of the remains and the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

"The core of the U.S".

Jung-hee, what did President Trump have to say about his summit with Kim Jong-un earlier in the day?

"The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Koreans allies", Hayden continued. "My second question is, what did we receive in return for this concession?"

A joint declaration after the first meeting between a USA president and a North Korean leader called the summit "an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future".

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