India has been pressing for a probe into Kim regime's proliferation linkages so that those responsible for it are held accountable.
Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive".
Trump's statements in Singapore also point to what appears to be a growing gap between him and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. As Victor Cha, a former national security council staffer who was briefly Trump's choice to be USA ambassador to Seoul says, "If the bar is war or peace, then we are in a better place than we were six months ago, when there was a lot of talk about war". He quickly cautioned, however, that "we will all know soon whether or not a real deal. can happen". We will be saving a tremendous amount of money. "Plus, it is very provocative".
Trump's use of the term "provocative" marked a notable break with past US policy in itself.
Loosening tensions, and therefore potentially decreased sanctions, could lead to an economic boom for this Chinese city, which facilitates the passage of about 70% of goods entering North Korea. "While we will not discuss specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed". At the same time, he noted that the United States forces' deployment in South Korea had not been discussed with Kin Jong Un. "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune". The senator added that because of Trump's comments referring to the end of the exercises, "that's why I said there needs to be some clarification". A favoured United States slogan in South Korea is "ready to fight tonight". That has to do with the military expense and also the trade. We have to talk to them.
As reports emerged that the South Korean government was surprised by the announcement, questions were raised about whether Mattis and other USA policymakers had also been caught off guard.
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As of Tuesday morning, U.S. Forces in Korea are still moving ahead with plans for the annual exercise known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian.
But that's a low bar, and in the meeting's aftermath, there was far more concern among USA allies than they were letting on publicly.
Donald Trump during a signing ceremony with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to come to America, he wants to enjoy his life, he wants his people to enjoy this life", Rodman said, adding to the AP that "He loves Americans".
CBS News' David Martin reports that Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Defense Secretary James Mattis "was not surprised". They also could be replaced by other forms of training with similar costs.
Although Rodman is friendly with Trump and Kim and wants peace between the two countries, he said he has another goal. "We can't go too terribly wrong without doing these exercises without having some impact". One of them, Foal Eagle, involves field maneuvers, with about 11,500 USA troops and 290,000 South Koreans participating.
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