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Trump and Kim meet after months of threats and insults

13 June 2018

During the meeting, Trump offered to end the joint military exercise between the USA and the South Korean government.

"This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula", said North Korea's Central News Agency in a report published last month.

The ROK President said Seoul will support Pyongyang along the path to peace, vowing to "spare no effort in cooperating" with concerned parties "to ensure that the agreement can be implemented in its entirety".

"Plus, I think it's very provocative", he noted, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw United States troops from the South.

"The greatest achievement of the summit was that Trump's comments show his confidence in resolving any issues [with Kim]", Nam said in a brief meeting with a small group of reporters in Singapore.

South Korean officials who met Kim this year said the North Korean leader said he understood the need for the training.

North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and numerous scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged.

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. "Was he committing to end all military exercises or was he committing to end just the most provocative ones?"

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.

"So I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it".

"The US armed forces will in no way stop individual and collective training, the South Korean military will continue to train and prepare as they always have", he told AFP, adding that institutional knowledge from years of drills would be retained.

Hannity, who sat down with Trump for an interview after the summit, even compared Tuesday's event to former President Ronald Reagan's meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the height of the Cold War.

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

Trump and Kim meet after months of threats and insults