Trump surprises with pledge to end military exercises in South Korea

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

US military forces in Korea have not received any direction to cease joint military drills, a spokesman said on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said war games would be ended amid talks with North Korea.

South Korea's Presidential Blue House said it needed to "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Trump's statement, while adding that it was willing to "explore various measures to help the talks move forward more smoothly".

In the wake of Trump's unexpected, nearly offhand comments to reporters, the Pentagon had nothing to say about the future of the war games.

"So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it", he continued.

During a news conference following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump pushed his unconventional approach even further by calling annual U.S.

Mitchell Reiss, who served as the U.S. State Department's director of policy planning from 2003-2005 and earlier negotiated with North Korea on behalf of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), echoed the idea that it was important to make such decisions hand-in-hand with South Korea.

Only hours before the summit, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that, as far as he knew, the issue of USA troops in South Korea would not be part of any discussion in Singapore.

On Tuesday, Trump and Kim announced an agreement committing the U.S.to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for the eventual denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Donald Trump during a signing ceremony with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

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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.

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.

"I think at the right time, he'll absolutely be coming to the White House, yes", he said.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) on Tuesday claimed that Pence promised to continue conducting "readiness training and training exchanges", despite Trump's pledge to end military drills in the region.

The Trump-Kim summit, unthinkable just a few months ago, is yet more vindication of the Cold War doctrine of deterrence where the capacity and threat to inflict pain augments the force of diplomacy, and can prompt "rogue" regimes to display a strong survival instinct.

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

"The Singapore summit statement is essentially aspirational: no definitions of denuclearisation, no timelines, no details as to verification", Haass said on Twitter.

However, it was only in 1992 that the U.S. and North Korea rekindled diplomatic.

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