Trump vows to 'stop the war games' after Singapore summit

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump leave after signing a joint agreement in Singapore on Tuesday.

"The drills and the United States military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East Asia's security", Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera said when asked about Trump's surprise announcement.

His comments echoed those of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said on Monday talks between the countries were "moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated".

The document reads: "President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

Trump told reporters on June 7 that Rodman wasn't invited to the summit.

"Conversations have been robust, there were no surprises".

"This person is not a wise representative for the USA", he said, taking a direct shot at Mr. Trump during Tuesday's press conference in Tehran, Iranian state news outlet Fars News reported.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

"There were no surprises", she said.

US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (2nd L) sign documents.

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Citizens watch a live broadcast of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore, Tuesday.

"I want to bring our soldiers back home", he said. "That's not part of the equation right now".

Mattis has repeatedly stressed that any reduction in troops would be a decision that only Washington and Seoul could address. There is also speculation that the North Korean leader would visit Beijing on his way back from Singapore or will soon apprise Chinese President Xi Jinping about his talks with Trump.

"Creating friction with a key ally with an issue like that may have been a mistake, frankly", he told AFP.

Moon spent "a sleepless night" ahead of the meeting, his office |said.

Exercises with South Korea cover a range of eventualities, including drills with nuclear-capable bombers.

The eccentric former athlete and reality TV star was referring to his trips to North Korea in 2013 and 2017. "Obama didn't even give me the time of day", he said, later adding, "He just brushed me off".

If implemented, the end of military exercises could be one of the most concrete and controversial moves to arise from Trump's summit with Kim, who pledged to pursue denuclearization but offered no details.

"He later added: ".@VP went on to say while this readiness training and exchanges will occur, war games will not 2/2".

"I believe that he wants to get it done", Trump said in an interview on ABC News, when asked about Kim's denuclearization commitment. The statement comes on the heels of Trump slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as dishonest and weak while instructing his advisors to back out of a joint statement he had agreed to with us allies at the G-7 summit. The former reality-TV star seemed to turn a blind eye to the perceived human rights violations committed in the isolated authoritarian state, including "an nearly complete denial of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion" and the use of prison labor camps, deliberate starvation, executions, and other methods of torture to deter dissent, according to a 2014 United Nations report.

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