At the first-ever meeting between sitting leaders of the United States and North Korea on Tuesday in Singapore, Trump and Kim pledged in a joint statement to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump tweeted.
Without drills, the USA forces in South Korea will wither, and if peace talks continue, the very rationale for them will erode as well.
Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are US plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.
The current understanding between Kim and Trump may not be a complete American giveaway either, as some critics are asserting.
Trump's rush to claim credit for the supposed disappearance of the North Korean nuclear threat may also give nations like China and Russian Federation an incentive to ease stringent implementation of the "maximum pressure" sanctions that helped bring Pyongyang to the table.
After returning to the White House Wednesday, Trump also defended his decision to halt the joint military exercises with South Korea, which he called "war games" - a term used by Pyongyang - arguing on Twitter that the USA will "save a fortune". His announcement appeared to catch both South Korea and the Pentagon by surprise.More news: Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack
At Thursday's joint press conference, South Korea's Foreign Minister told reporters that she and Pompeo had not discussed the drills "in depth" but "military officials from South Korea and the United States will have to discuss further and coordinate". "We didn't have a big screen like you have the luxury of having, we didn't need it because we had it on a cassette, an iPad, and they played it and about eight of their representatives were watching it and I thought they were fascinated by it".
He met for almost an hour with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, at the air base before heading by motorcade to Seoul.
US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during the US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. But the two countries didn't nail down how and when the North might denuclearize or shed light on the unspecified "protections" Trump pledged to Kim and his government.
Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats.
He also said the U.S. hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next 2.5 years, and there won't be sanctions relief before then.More news: Trump adviser apologizes for "inappropriate" comments targeting Trudeau
"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump added. President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" North Korea will of course be demanding that the sanctions be lifted.
Clinton reached an aid-for-disarmament deal in 1994 that halted North Korea's plutonium production for eight years, freezing what was then a very small atomic arsenal.
The U.S. intelligence assessment of the nuclear and other military threat posed by North Korea to U.S. and allied forces in Asia and the northwest Pacific remained unchanged despite Trump and Moon's assertions about the North Korean nuclear threat being over, a senior U.S. official responsible for studying the North Korean military said.
Japan has expressed concern, while South Korea said earlier it needed "to find out the exact meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks".
"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".
Current and former USA defence officials expressed concern at the possibility that the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang. Despite the hype about Singapore, another thing should not be forgotten: Kim visited the Chinese leader twice in recent weeks, ahead of his meeting with Trump. Trump has labeled Trudeau "weak" and "dishonest" after the Canadian leader pushed back on US tariffs. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally would be held in August. Defense Secretary James Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump. Previous year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the USA mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target. US military has deployed four F-22 stealth fighter jets to the Korean Peninsula as another response to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.More news: Montreal expected to host World Cup games in 2026