Trump's vow to end US-South Korea drills catches Pentagon off guard

Who gained and who lost what from the Trump Kim summit

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.

In a later interview with the Voice of America, Trump said the North Koreas were "very happy" about his decision to freeze the exercises "because it is so provocative".

But Trump told Hannity he thought his tough style paved the way for Tuesday's summit. They will. I think they will, I really believe that he will. Now, it seems he's admitted that he sometimes "felt foolish" when harshly addressing North Korea and its Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, but he also felt it was a necessary tactic to unite the two countries. But we had no choice.

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the U.S. seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security).

While many North Korea experts and defectors welcome the ease in tensions between the USA and North Korea, they faulted Trump for overtly praising an authoritarian leader and failing to bring up human rights violations within North Korea.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un should know that the U.S. has a history of "quitting treaties and violating their commitments" before trusting Washington, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

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The joint declaration stated that the US has committed to providing "security guarantees" to Pyongyang.

"The Korean government should keep vigilant", Qassemi warned ahead of the historic meeting in Singapore between Mr. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In response to Trump's suggestion that an agreement to formally end the Korean War might take place soon, Nam said the Moon administration would not hasten the process and that there was "no timeframe" set for the process. "He didn't fight it".

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday. "That's not what you have to do", Trump said.

"He was a great young man", Trump said.

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 United States and South Korean military readiness.

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