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

Singapore agreement will end Cold War, S. Korea president says Singapore agreement will end Cold War, S. Korea president says
Patty Aguilar | 13 June, 2018, 19:40

The historic summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has Koreans in Spokane closely watching the outcome.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday also released a statement on the DPRK-U.S. summit, describing the joint statement as "a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth". Earlier Wednesday, North Korea's state KCNA news agency said denuclearization would be a "step by step process" with "simultaneous action", a stance that appeared to contradict the USA refusal to offer sanctions relief before North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons.

"I don't believe that suspension for suspension has actually been agreed", Ms Bishop said on Wednesday. "I'd like to see peace with America and Korea".

"We're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea", he added.

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.

The POTUS' remarks came as a big surprise to South Korea, which said on Tuesday that Washington has not reached out to them to discuss halting the military drills.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the US and South Korea", Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said.

"North Korea has committed to a complete denuclearisation".

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The DPRK holds off on any new nuclear and missile tests while the United States and South Korea stop the "war games" (Trump's terminology). Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. "We have done these exercises for years with the South Koreans and so I would just ask the president, why do we need to suspend them?" He called the regular training sessions between US and South Korean forces "very provocative" and costly.

Trump declared he and Kim had developed "a very special bond". -South Korean military drills and move forward with the plan to remove the 28,500 American troops stationed in Seoul.

He instead suggested Trump's comment about suspending military exercises was "part of the negotiating".

In return for the U.S. commitments, Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement committing to denuclearisation, but analysts say it was vaguely worded and included commitments Pyongyang had made several times.

However, dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme will present a daunting challenge. "I think the summit talk is very important because we are really covering a lot of people".

In agreeing to the summit, Trump risked granting Kim his long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North's nuclear program. "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 also expressed a desire to remove all 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea, a pillar of United States engagement in Asia since the Korean War ended in 1953.

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