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Kim meet falls short of Nixon-goes-to-China moment

Kim meet falls short of Nixon-goes-to-China moment

Pentagon officials scrambled for a clear message on Tuesday about the USA military presence in South Korea, after President Donald Trump vowed at his summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un to cancel "provocative" joint drills.

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea.

"We are going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world", Trump said after the meeting in a joint statement with Kim.

He made the comments when asked if the absence of CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization) from a post-summit joint statement showed that the two sides had used Tuesday's meeting as a foundation to improve trust.

Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.

"The global community must not take the pressure off without confirmation the regime actually committed and is following through with genuine denuclearisation", Senator Wong said in a statement. President Donald Trump seems to have made an agreement to cease war games in the Korean Peninsula without consulting USA military leaders or South Korean allies. This includes the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises scheduled for the fall.

Pompeo added, President Trump is very prepared for his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un and is eager to achieve real progress.

Trump didn't offer details about halting the exercises, which were already disrupted once this year when springtime drills were delayed for several weeks to make way for the North's participation in the Winter Olympics.

"We in Australia, the Australian government is now assessing what we could offer in terms of expertise to assist in that verification process", Ms Bishop said.

In this April 27 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embrace each other after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea.

"It looked good on camera", Oba said, adding that it would still be a relief to the region that relations remain on a positive trajectory.

"This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey", Moon said in a statement from his office. "History is a record of people who take action and rise to a challenge".

"Only time will tell if North Korea is serious this time, and in the meantime we must continue to apply maximum economic pressure".

While Trump said his concerns about the exercises stemmed from their price tag, critics saw an unforced concession to two of the U.S.'s major adversaries.


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