Trump says to stop 'expensive', 'provocative' South Korea war games

North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump have arrived in Singapore for a historic meeting to end a nuclear standoff in the Korean peninsula

Seoul's reaction to the end of joint military exercises echoes the reaction of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), the Pentagon's organizational structure in the country.

"I want to bring our solders back home, " Trump said, although he added that it's "not part of the equation right now".

The statement came hours after Trump and Kim signed an agreement stipulating "complete denuclearization" of North Korea.

One South Korean official said he initially thought Trump had mis-spoke. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised. "But at the same time it will worry in terms of the possible negative consequences, as the reduction could scare South Koreans". North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.

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China - historically North Korea's closest partner - has also sought a "freeze for freeze" agreement in which the exercises would be suspended in exchange for North Korea's stopping development of its weapons.

As North Korea was conducting multiple missile tests previous year and threatening to attack the U.S., Mr. Trump responded with rhetoric that was unusually aggressive for a U.S. leader. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S. -DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

"The Chinese side believes that ... the actions taken by the UN Security Council should support the current diplomatic dialogues and efforts in progressing towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", he added. "The most important, hard part of this security issue is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolution via equal talks", Wang said. "There has been real concern that he would only look after USA interests, not those of our long-standing allies". "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies". North Korea also insists that the United States troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North. "My second question is, what did we receive in return for this concession?"

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