Pentagon weighs future of Korea drills after Trump nixes 'war games'

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But any anti-Trump talking point suits the resistance and if it creates fear among the gullible, so much the better. "We didn't even discuss that, that wasn't discussed", Trump said in an interview with Voice of America.

Vice President Pence on Tuesday afternoon told House and Senate Republican lawmakers that semiannual war games would cease - as long as North Korea follows through on efforts to denuclearize. "We're going to have a great discussion and will be tremendously successful". The President told Stephanopoulos that he had long wanted to end the "war games" because they were expensive.

Abroad Air Force One, on his way back to the US, Trump thanked Kim for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people", saying their summit "proves that real change is possible!" "At some point, I hope it would be", he said. Past year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the USA mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target.

The move reportedly blindsided both Seoul and U.S. military officials. He said South Korea is still trying to figure out the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments.

Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

Trump said, 'We're flying planes in from Guam, we're bombing empty mountains for practice.

But, in an oblique reference to Pakistan, a statement by the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said New Delhi's concerns about Pyongyang's nuclear proliferation linkages with India's neighbourhood should be addressed. I think he's going to start now.

He disagreed, however, with Trump's characterization that the exercises are "provocative". "He was unambiguous about that".

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The suspension is "a show of good faith" in the North Korean negotiations, said another administration official.

KCNA said: "Singapore, the country of the epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world, was awash with thousands of domestic and foreign journalists and a large crowd of masses to see this day's moment which will remain long in history", it said.

But US military officials point out exercises often involve thousands of troops and months of planning, making it hard to quickly restart them once suspended or canceled.

The August exercise, named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, has always been scheduled and final planning with several nations' military forces is well underway.

Hay also reported that South Korea is "caught by surprise" at Trump's decision to halt the military exercises between the two allies. The drills include both high-level commanders in computer-simulated defensive exercises and units in the field, all practicing readiness under a scenario in which the Korean Peninsula goes from peace to a crisis stage and then into open conflict, according to a defense official.

Forces from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Britain also participated.

Trump: "He actually mentioned the fact that they proceeded down a path in the past and ultimately as you know nothing got done".

"We're signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document", Trump told the waiting reporters.

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