Pompeo adds caveat on US military exercises in South Korea

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One of President Donald Trump's more controversial pledges at his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - that the United States would halt joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula - touched off confusion on Capitol Hill as an influential GOP senator asserted the exercises would nonetheless continue.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested on Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearisation before U.S. sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the Singapore summit an "epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world", USAT reported.

"I share president Trump's assessment of that when he thanked the leaders of Japan and South Korea and China for the solidarity they've shown". The soldiers have participated in drills with South Korean counterparts and tested their capacity for joint military operations.

Trump says on Twitter after returning from his Singapore summit that "we save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith".

In the face of the North's constant protest, the allies' militaries have defended the exercises as purely defensive in nature. "South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the worldwide community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "I'd like to see peace with America and Korea".

"Each of the four main points was in previous documents with [North Korea], some in a stronger, more encompassing way", he said, adding that the point on denuclearization was "weaker than the Six Party Talks language [of multilateral negotiations in 2003]" ... and failed to include methods for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" (CVID) or human rights issues".

President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that he had agreed to cancel war games in Korea reportedly came as a shock to South Korea and US military leaders.

"I'm doing something that I've wanted to do from the beginning", Trump said in the interview with Stephanopoulos.

The comments come just hours after President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and US forces in Korea off guard.

Last year, Ilsik Hong, who lives in Wichita but is from South Korea, told KWCH he had confidence the President could bring peace to Asia.

Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said the penalties imposed by the Security Council should be adjusted if the regime abides by United Nations resolutions and makes progress in diplomatic negotiations, the Associated Press reported.

While the USA has yet to confirm the contents of the reports, they suggest that the two leaders reached more verbal agreements than they put on paper, and made public.

"Max Thunder" is an annual "war game" involving dozens of USA and South Korean fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the US and South Korea", Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used an approach that aides say can work: "He says, 'Your instincts are absolutely correct, ' and then gets him [the president] to do the exact opposite of what his instincts say", said one person close to the White House.