India Welcomes Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore

India Welcomes Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore

India Welcomes Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore

CBS News' David Martin reports that Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Defense Secretary James Mattis "was not surprised".

After warning one another of nuclear annihilation, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to work out a deal that includes US security guarantees in exchange for de-nuclearisation.

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

A man watches a TV screen showing file footage of US President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"Summits were being set up [between U.S. presidents and] with Kim Jong Un's father Kim Jong Il in 1992, in 1994 and in 2006 and on each occasion they fell through".

China was not a direct party to the summit but Mr Kim met President Xi Jinping twice in the run-up, and even borrowed an Air China 747 to get to Singapore.

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 US alliances. Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive".

Exercises with South Korea cover a range of eventualities, including drills with nuclear-capable bombers.


Contrary to Trump's claim that scrapping the exercises would save large amounts of money from the U.S. defense budget, Stoffer said the savings would be only marginal.

-South Korean military drills - and wants to remove the 28,500 US troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.

"At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump's comments", Seoul's defence Ministry said, adding that there had been no discussions yet with Washington on modifying the drills set for August. Pressed by journalists as to whether he believed in the North Korean leader's commitments, Trump said that he believes Kim was determined to de-nuclearize.

Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not. Kim asked Trump to travel to Pyongyang "at a convenient time", the news agency said. -South Korean military exercises "provocative". "I think the summit talk is very important because we are really covering a lot of people".

"I want to bring our soldiers back home", he said.

Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official, said that Trump's comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along - that North Korea would try to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional U.S. president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.

Trump's supporters, who relish his unconventional diplomatic style, are likely to hail the summit as a foreign policy win for the president over one of America's most bitter long-time foes even as he feuds with Washington's closest allies after leaving an economic summit in Canada in disarray over the weekend. "So I think giving up the war games, which happens twice a year, is a perfectly appropriate thing to do, as President Trump said, as long as there is progress", he said.

"The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on Earth", he said. The move would reverse decades of US military posture in the region, with joint exercises at the heart of readiness efforts against the rogue regime's artillery and more than one million soldiers.

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