Trump’s vow to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region

A motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travels along Orchard Road ahead of Kim's meeting with Lee Hsien Loong Singapore's prime minister in Singapore on Sunday

The US president and North Korean leader pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula during their meeting in Singapore.

Mount said it's not clear whether Kim requested the freeze or whether Trump offered it unilaterally.

China shares a border with North Korea and is the country's largest trading partner.

"The new element is that we [the United States] agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies".

"There's no history of this family ever having not lied to the West", Shapiro said. "The guy's a tin-pot dictator, and treating him as though he's an equal world leader seems to me counterproductive", Shapiro said.

He called the drills "provocative", and said ending the exercises will also save the US money.

The announcement took South Korean officials by surprise.

"We're not reducing anything", he said when asked about the possibility of a troop reduction.

In a press briefing in Singapore Monday, Pompeo said the White House has met with more than 100 experts from various fields, who have advised the Trump administration on the best strategies to negotiate with North Korea.

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The meeting on Tuesday between the USA president and North Korea's leader, unthinkable until recent months and uncertain until June 1, is a high-stakes and politically risky venture into summit diplomacy by two unpredictable personalities who have famously exchanged personal insults and threats of war.

Lovett said, as of now, the USA military plans to "continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance" from the Department of Defense or Indo-Pacific Command.

Speaking earlier in the day also in Beijing, the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said China hoped the United States and North Korea can reach agreement on a peace deal. I figured Trump [would] at least get some missiles or a site closure or something concrete.

But analysts said with the easing of tensions, China and South Korea were not likely to continue fully enforcing the tough measures needed to make sure North Korea makes good on its latest promises.

"Today I assured his dad, as the president said two days ago, their beloved son, Otto Warmbier, will not have died in vain", Pence said.

"The war games are very expensive".

Terminating the 1950-1953 Korean War that ended in an armistice had been discussed another part of means to guarantee North Korea regime security, but this was not included in the agreement.

"This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey", Moon said in a statement from his office.

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