Trump declares an end to the North Korean nuclear threat

Kim-Trump summit: Where does it leave the main players?

There were worries, especially in Tokyo and Seoul, which have huge US military presences, about Trump agreeing to halt USA military exercises with South Korea, which the North has long claimed were invasion preparations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expects North Korea to take the major steps toward nuclear disarmament during Donald Trump's first term, as the US president tweeted that there's "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Since the end of the Korean war, when Washington fought alongside Seoul against the North, the USA has had troops stationed in South Korea.

"Sanctions are not an end in themselves", he said, "the Security Council, through its actions, should support the current diplomatic negotiations".

Both involve land, sea and air military drills and computer simulations.

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Over the years, state media has described them as pouring "gasoline on fire" and risking an "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war". "I'm not trying to unify South Korea and North Korea".

Trump's shock announcement of a stop to war games with Seoul will have come as an added bonus as Beijing has always eyed the military exercises in its backyard warily.

The drills went ahead in April instead.

"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea's Lieutenant-Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement. Already, North Korea has criticized the US and South Korea's military drills, saying they're not helpful for peace talks. But at his post-summit news conference, the United States president described them as "very provocative".

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With the headline: "Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations", the North's ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed no fewer than 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages. We fly in bombers from Guam.

Critics of Trump's opening to North Korea fear that Kim is playing to the ego of a gullible U.S. president yearning to look presidenty in order to drive a wedge between South Korea and the United States. "A lot of work", Mr. Trump said of the summit.

In a further tweet on Wednesday, President Trump hit out at criticism of his summit in some U.S. media, dubbing it "Fake News".

Mr Trump repeatedly praised Kim's negotiating skills and their new relationship and expressed hope for "a bright new future" for Kim's impoverished nation.

The move appeared to take U.S. allies in the region - as well as the country's military - by surprise.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. Asked about this yesterday, Trump said: "I think he wants to get it done".

Pyongyang has demanded the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, but in public has only pledged to pursue the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - a euphemism open to wide differences of interpretation.

Trump, who returned to Washington early on Wednesday, hailed the meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, as a success that had removed the North Korean threat.

There are no plans to suspend the annual exercises with Japan.

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