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Trump Says Kim Will Move Immediately on Denuclearization

13 June 2018

Moon also said that the region can not "depend just on the North Korea-U.S. talks" and that South Korea must be included in any possible future negotiations that emerge from Tuesday's summit. "In coordination with our [South Korean] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance".

Although Trump was quick to declare success for the unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un marked by handshakes and smiles, experts said a joint statement signed in Singapore seemed mostly to rehash old broken promises made by Pyongyang to successive U.S. administrations.

He called them "expensive" and "provocative", using terms usually employed by the North Koreans in criticizing the drills.

Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump's comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along - that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional US president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.

China views the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue as a security issue, and what is most important is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolve their problems, Wang said.

The stunning announcement reverses decades of US military posture in the region, with joint exercises at the heart of readiness against North Korea's artillery and more than a million soldiers poised across the border.

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

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But others point out that there would be little good to come from the US president publicly bashing Kim while attempting diplomacy, and suggest that this is Trump's way of buttering up the brutal dictator. Trump described his meeting with Kim as "better than anyone could have expected". China and Russian Federation have urged the U.S.to freeze its military drills in exchange for a move by North Korea to halt its ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

But Panetta, who previously worked for President Barack Obama, said there are a "huge number of issues" that will actually involve the denuclearization of North Korea, which owns an estimated 20 to 60 nuclear weapons with about 141 sites that can produce them.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding he had agreed to stop the "war games" because he considers them "very provocative".

But the last three presidents secured commitments from North Korea on denuclearisation that North Korea later reneged on.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in partnership with AP-GfK, conducts a regular survey on foreign policy that includes a series of questions about what actions Americans support or oppose the USA taking to pressure North Korea to stop building its nuclear weapons program.

It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of USA troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.

Trump Says Kim Will Move Immediately on Denuclearization