Iran to North Korea: Don’t Trust ‘Deal-Breaker-in-Chief’ Trump

ImageAn Air China jumbo jet carrying the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un approaching Singapore for its landing

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"War games are very expensive and we pay for a big majority of them".

"So I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it", Trump continued.

"The crux of the peninsula nuclear issue is a security issue".

Trump explained during a post-summit news conference that inspectors will be sent into North Korea to verify the country is moving forward with denuclearization.

One South Korean official said he initially thought Trump had mis-spoke. He taunted Mr. Kim as "little rocket man", and warned that the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea.

His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only past year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.

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The key will be whether the two leaders can narrow their differences over the definition of denuclearization. The US side however reportedly believes that an immediate tangible outcome is unlikely following the meet.

South Korea was apparently caught off guard by President Trump's announcement that the U.S.is canceling their long held joint military exercises in exchange for a promise from North Korea to denuclearize.

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

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 Pentagon was not immediately able to flesh out Trump's remarks about suspending drills, a move the USA military has long resisted.

Trump on Tuesday announced joint U.S.

Trump said he expected the denuclearisation process to start "very, very quickly". One of North Korea's stated goals is to establish peace with the USA and ultimately see the removal of more than 30,000 US troops from the Korean Peninsula. His parents are good friends of mine. Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official, said Trump's comments on the drills confirmed what many in South Korea had feared all along _ that North Korea would attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul and gain substantial concessions from an unconventional USA president who thinks much less of the traditional alliance than his predecessors.

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