Experts cautious and skeptical on Trump-Kim summit

Trump-Kim summit vindicates Cold War doctrine of deterrence

The KCNA report called the military drills a "provocation" - the same word used by Trump in Singapore to describe the decision.

Vice President Mike Pence's message to GOP senators during a closed door lunch at the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday created a mix up of what exactly President Donald Trump promised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during initial negotiations in Singapore this week.

"It is the case that we are prepared to make security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in that denuclearization", stated Pompeo.

"The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific".

Donald Trump during a signing ceremony with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore.

Trump and Kim had reversed the usual momentum of tortuous negotiations and preparations before holding summit meetings, Stoffer pointed out.

North Korea's state-run media is framing the agreements reached at the Singapore summit as a "step-by-step" process meant to bring USA rewards in exchange for gradual moves by Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.

The announced suspension in military exercises alarmed some foreign policy experts in Washington who argued that the president was giving up a form of leverage over the North Koreans, and jeopardizing USA alliances.

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the U.S. seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security).

But conservatives in the South argued that any change to the exercises plans could lead to a weakening of the security alliance, the centerpiece of deterrence against the North's possible aggression. Number one, we save money.

"South Korea contributes [to the military exercises], but not 100 percent, which is a subject that we have to talk to them about", the president said.

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Mr Abe also said that resolving the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea would require the strong support of the United States.

Yesterday, the two leaders signed a commitment towards denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbour could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country. Kim asked Trump to travel to Pyongyang "at a convenient time", the news agency said.

Trump added in an interview with ABC News that he had questioned what the exercises cost, noting that "we're flying planes in from Guam, we're bombing empty mountains for practice".

Trump told reporters he thinks this time is different because his is a new administration.

President Donald Trump's claim that he wants to end the "war games" that the USA carries out with South Korea is highly suspicious.

It allows the U.S. to recover POW/MIA remains from the Korean War.

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 war and has used them in a variety of large-scale drills created to sharpen skills and test troops' ability to operate effectively with their South Korean partners.

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".

"Trump delivered it while getting nothing in return beyond the same generalities that North Korea has been offering since the early 1990s". "From reading this document, I don't think the USA will be successful".

That's generally how foreign affairs experts reacted to the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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