Trump's vow to end military drills with Seoul stuns a region

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"In coordination with our [South Korean] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance".

President Trump's announcement that the US would be stopping "war games" exercises it conducts with South Korea stunned most senior military officials and appeared to cause some confusion among lawmakers like Sen.

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

President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that he had agreed to cancel war games in Korea reportedly came as a shock to South Korea and USA military leaders.

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

In the lead-up to the summit, the USA and South Korea had moved forward with war games. This includes the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercises scheduled for the fall. "We pay for the majority of them", the president said.

In an opinion piece in Chinese media, Chung In-moon, a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on foreign affairs and national security, said that Beijing's role in the Korean peninsula peace process "will be larger in the future".

In a press briefing in Singapore Monday, Pompeo said the White House has met with more than 100 experts from various fields, who have advised the Trump administration on the best strategies to negotiate with North Korea.

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

At the same time, he said complete denuclearization would take time.

This was seen by some analysts as a big victory for China, since Beijing had sought a "dual suspension" - or "freeze for freeze" - by which the US and South Korea would freeze military exercises in exchange for the North suspending nuclear weapons testing.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding he had agreed to stop the "war games" because he considers them "very provocative".

"We had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", said Kim afteward. "We need to take a long-term approach".

It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of US troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.

The troops and war games were not mentioned in the final summit document, which focused on security guarantees and a general commitment to denuclearization.