South Korea alarmed after Trump says no more war games

Reunification ribbons at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

The historic summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has Koreans in Spokane closely watching the outcome.

Michael Green, Asia expert at the Washington DC-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said Mr Trump's announcement was "breathtaking" and blindsided Japan and South Korea.

Max Thunder's air combat exercises so unnerved North Korea that it issued threatening statements that almost scuttled the summit.

In his post-summit press conference, Trump alleged that China was relaxing sanctions at its North Korean border as the situation improved.

The top U.S. diplomat was set to arrive in Seoul later in the day, Yonhap news agency reported. He was consulted ahead of time, said Pentagon spokesperson Dana White.

How did South Korea react?

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will stop "provocative and expensive" war games with South Korea in a surprise reference to the joint military exercises Pyongyang has criticized as a rehearsal of invasion.

They offered few details, and agreed to hold talks "at the earliest possible date" to implement the outcomes of the summit with Pompeo leading the US side.

War games even nearly derailed the summit.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Onodera was quoted as saying.

No regrets backing Morocco bid - Mwendwa
South America (CONMEBOL) voted 9-1 for the North American bid with Brazil opting for Morocco. The games will be played in 16 cities.

"In January 2018, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson again insisted that the administration rejected a "'freeze for freeze' approach in which legitimate defensive military exercises are placed on the same level of equivalency as the DPRK's unlawful actions".

"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", Trump said.

What else did they agree at the summit?

Mr Trump and Mr Kim - who traded vicious insults a year ago - gripped each other's hands in front of United States and North Korean flags. The two met over a one-on-one meeting after shaking hands and they were accompanied by their interpreters.

"Have North Korea come out and say we had mass burials and here's where they are", Valle said.

The presidential office said the measures were particularly needed at a time "when a variety of serious dialogues have been held between the North and the US for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the establishment of relations".

From 1950 to 1953 the Korean War waged on. "A leader I can do business with" under a picture of Trump and Kim shaking hands.

If implemented, the end of military exercises could be one of the most concrete and controversial moves to arise from Trump's summit with Kim, who pledged to pursue denuclearization but offered no details.

The president says he trusts Kim Jong Un.

On conservative Fox News and among Mr Trump's core supporters, the president was lauded for a historic diplomatic breakthrough. When President Richard Nixon visited Beijing that year, Mao Zedong further distanced China from the Soviet Union in favour of friendship with the US.

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