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South Koreans skeptical about peace after summit

South Koreans skeptical about peace after summit

The president and the North Korean leader signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Photographs of Trump and Kim Jong Un crowded the first half of Wednesday's six-page Rodong Sinmun newspaper, featuring the two shaking hands, sitting together and walking alongside each other at the summit venue in Singapore.

Following diplomatic meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he believes the North Korean regime will begin working toward denuclearization "virtually immediately".

He also said he'd like to remove all 28,500 US troops stationed in the South, although he made clear this was an option for the future, not a part of current negotiations.

"So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice", the president said.

He added, "While Mr. Trump provides the background, I want [the government] to win a firm commitment from North Korea that a Japan-North Korea summit meeting will be held".

If Mattis was aware that Trump was going to announce a suspension of military exercises, he apparently did not share that information with the South Koreans or with the military organization most directly affected: U.S. Forces Korea.

Trump said he wanted to remove the USA military presence from South Korea, though he provided no timeline.

"North Korea or South-North summit could take place when two former South Korea presidents are still behind bars", he added, showing support for former presidents Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung bak.

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It may not have been the focus of the summit, but Korean War vets and their families were hoping the issue would come up. -North Korea summit meeting on Tuesday.

But a joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved.

The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries. The Singapore summit proved a landmark victory for both.

The analyst, Moon, advised the North's report should be confirmed from the USA side, while another expert agreed the North Korean state media should be taken with a grain of salt. "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies".

The statement seemed to surprise South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Regarding Trump's remarks, Nam Gwan-pyo, a deputy director of Seoul's presidential National Security Office, said that there is "no change at all" regarding the exercise issue.

But analysts said with the easing of tensions, China and South Korea were not likely to continue fully enforcing the tough measures needed to make sure North Korea makes good on its latest promises.

"At this moment, we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning and intention", a South Korean spokesperson said, according to CNN.


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