China urges 'full denuclearization' as Kim, Trump meet

China urges 'full denuclearization' as Kim, Trump meet

"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns".

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 whole defense of South Korea is based upon our ability in the South and North Korea's knowledge of our ability to flow forces to the peninsula quickly for the defense of South Korea", Hayden said, further adding that the president's use of the word "provocative" to describe the military war games "unfortunately takes the language out the North Korean propaganda machine".

"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", U.S. Forces in Korea spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.

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. He also noted that the drills are quite expensive and the move will save a considerable amount of money for the USA budget.

President Trump said he believes that Kim Jong Un will begin dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal "virtually immediately" after the two leaders met in a historic summit in Singapore. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. 4. "The U.S.is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary".


He said he thinks holding the (quote)"wargames" is very provocative when there's a reconciliatory mood building between Washington and Pyongyang.

"South Korea will have mixed feelings toward Trump's remarks", said Lee Il-woo, a director at Korea Defense Network in Seoul.

CIA Dir. Michael Hayden on the Trump-Kim summit: "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Koreans allies".

South Korea said last month that the issue of US troops stationed there was unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement were signed.

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War, which ended in 1953 in an armistice that left the two Koreas technically still at war.

Associated Press writers Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul and Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed to this report.

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