-South Korea joint military exercises is also a win for Kim: The dictator was able to seize on Trump's all-too-apparent desire to make the summit a "great success". We fly in bombers from Guam... to practice and drop bombs all over the place and then go back to Guam.
-South Korea alliance is the US troops stationed in South Korea and the joint U.S.
"I don't mind putting these exercises on hold".
"I think they are one of the great winners today", he said.
Few people could take over North Korea at the age of 26 and "run it tough", Trump mused.
The crew had social media users and planespotters scratching their heads with some aerial subterfuge, changing call-sign midair over China. More importantly, it's cemented his legitimacy as a world leader. South Korea, for its part, was blindsided by Trump's concession. Answering a series of questions from the floor, Trump said that the USA will stop "war games" in South Korea, and later elaborated that he was speaking of their joint military exercises, held annually since the 1970s.
As reports emerged that the South Korean government was surprised by the announcement, questions were raised about whether Mattis and other US policymakers had also been caught off guard. Drills called Team Spirit, one of the largest annual military maneuvers in the world at the time, were held from 1976 until 1993, when, after North Korea agreed to dismantle its existing nuclear facilities, the exercises were canceled and have not been held since.
The joint statement itself is a list of very basic and aspirational goals, signaling that the the meeting and the agreement merely mark the beginning of long and complicated negotiations between the United States and Kim's brutal dictatorship.
"If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, who served as a top USA negotiator with Pyongyang before the last attempt at diplomacy broke down in 2009, was more optimistic.
In a jawdropping post-summit press conference lasting more than an hour, Trump said he wanted to bring home the 30,0000 or so U.S. troops now stationed in South Korea.
Kim's commitment to denuclearize was included in a document signed after the first ever meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.
"We're not stopping training".
"I am willing to do a lot of things to get [Kim] to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program". At a certain point, I really think he's going to do something about it.
Better than war, for sure.
The document made no mention of Japanese citizens that country has accused North Korea of abducting. "But I am very closed minded when it comes to withdrawing our forces".
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