Kim summit raises new questions over South Korean role

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"This is the Trump playbook for dealing with foreign leaders", a source close to Trump told the news website Axios' Jonathan Swan.

Experts say that the North could possibly bring up the issue of halting joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S., as Trump said he would halt "expensive and provocative" joint war games with South Korea after his summit. "I mean, what's the point of having troops there if they're not ready?"

In earlier post-summit remarks, he congratulated Trump and Kim but also cautioned that "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".

During the summit, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim signed a joint statement in which the North Korean leader broadly "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The exact terms of that agreement remain unclear.

Even as Washington agreed to suspend joint US and South Korean military exercises as the country pursues peace with North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Seoul is modernizing its military and purchasing new missiles and fighter aircraft.

Jang-ho, like you said, the two leaders' meeting is still making the headlines around the world.

"True although it was light on details, I think this represents an overall positiveness in North Korea-U.S. relations which hadn't existed before".

Pompeo had said Wednesday that Trump "made it very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing".

"Ending "war games" does not preclude normal peacetime training and is a decision easily reversed should Kim falter from this declaration of intent to pursue disarmament", he told The Times.

Tokyo has reacted with concern at Trump's plans to cancel military exercises with South Korea, saying such drills are vital for East Asian security.

Kang said South Korea and the United States shared the same goals and approach to achieving denuclearization.

Trump's move to meet with Kim has been hailed by world leaders as a great step toward peace, and Trump's stated goal in taking the meeting was to disarm North Korea.

North Korea has celebrated the Trump-Kim summit as a great win for the country, with state media reporting that the USA intends to lift sanctions.

The president wrote that "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office" after the meeting, which he called "an interesting and very positive experience". When Trump does it, oh, this is historic, and the American media is the enemy.

Japan is expected to contribute towards the costs of North Korea's denuclearisation but only after the International Atomic Energy Agency restarts inspections, a spokesman said on Wednesday. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

His announcement was a surprise even to President Moon Jae-in's government in Seoul, which worked in recent months to help bring about the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump's tweet frames the United States suspending war games, seen as a massive win for both China and North Korea in the negotiations, as a thrifty move from the US.

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