Singapore agreement will end Cold War, S. Korea president says

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on Monday

Ending what Trump referred to as "war games" - the annual joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea - was one of the biggest wins Kim secured during the landmark meeting in Singapore earlier Tuesday.

The KCNA news agency says Mr Trump made the promise after pledging to end joint military exercises with South Korea. The US secretary of state has said Washington will demand "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation. We fly in bombers from Guam. He called the regular training sessions between USA and South Korean forces "very provocative" and costly.

The statement said that Trump had "committed to provide security guarantees" to the North and that Kim had reaffirmed his "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", echoing a pledge he had made in the Panmunjom Declaration, issued following a similarly unprecedented meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in April.

Trump says on Twitter that "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office". I want to bring our soldiers back home", he said, "but that's not part of the equation right now. "At some point, I hope it will be, but not right now".

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

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"We have received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include Ulchi Freedom Guardian". If U.S. troops in South Korea were to really halt military exercises, he says, it could cause allies to lose confidence in Washington and undermine the entire U.S. military presence in Asia. "He had a lot to do with us being here today", said Trump.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denied Trump's allegation that Beijing, in the last few months, has relaxed implementation of sanctions in the last few months, saying the UN Security Council resolutions on imposing sanctions on North Korea also provides for relaxing or suspending them, if situation improves. At a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Sen. "I will continue aiming to resolve concerns such as the abduction, nuclear and missile issues", he said.

Following the unprecedented summit, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement in which they agreed to craft "new" bilateral relations and make joint efforts to build a "lasting and stable" peace regime on the peninsula. "The secretary is in full alignment with the president to meet his goal, which is denuclearization of the peninsula", Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said.

"He was not surprised".

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the United States and South Korea", Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said. "We're not engaged in any reduction of USA forces talks, and I think we all wait until after this settles and we go forward".

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