S.Korea, U.S. Mull Suspending Joint Drills Indefinitely

S.Korea, U.S. Mull Suspending Joint Drills Indefinitely

Since meeting with the North Korean leader, Trump has been showering him with praise, referring to his former enemy as "funny", "smart", "very talented", and someone who "loves his people". "I gave him a very direct number".

"I was kidding", he said.

"I really believe that he's happy that we made this kind of progress", Mr Trump said. He did not elaborate.

"President Trump, while you have Kim Jong Un's attention, use it to free North Koreans".

Efforts to recover missing remains stalled more than a decade ago when USA officials couldn't guarantee the safety of American recovery teams sent into North Korea.

At the briefing, Pompeo reiterated that the shared goal of the US, South Korea and Japan is to get North Korea to denuclearize not only completely, but also irreversibly and verifiably.

Mr. Trump downplayed Kim's actions, suggesting Kim isn't alone in that. "I want to have a good relationship with many other countries", the president added.

"I want to have a good relationship with North Korea", Trump said.

"While a possible new avenue to peace now exists with North Korea, we remain vigilant regarding pursuit of nuclear weapons anywhere in the world", Mattis said, speaking at a U.S. Naval War College graduation.

Vladimir Putin has invited Kim Jong Un to Russian Federation in September following the North Korean dictator's meeting with Donald Trump.

"Our assessment is that regardless of President Trump's statements about quick changes that are expected in North Korean policy, the road to real and substantive change, if it ever happens, will be long and slow".

"The nature of the tasks was not to be resolved at once", Kim told reporters after the meeting. The two met earlier this week to begin to discuss Pyongyang's nuclear program, a summit marked by what Trump said was friendly chemistry between them.

Trump was asked during a Fox News Channel interview outside the West Wing if he would invite Kim to the White House. US officials said it was unclear what types of training involving USA and South Korean troops might constitute "war games" Trump wants halted.

The president's remarks followed several instances this week in which he has brushed aside questions about North Korea's human rights record, which the United Nations has described as among the worst on the planet.

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