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13 June 2018, 06:30 | Glen Norman
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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet with other officials at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday. The U.S. would also stop joint military exercises in South Korea.
On Monday, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that there had been no discussions on future withdrawals of US troops from Korea.
"I want to get our soldiers out", Trump told reporters in Singapore.
As part of the inter-Korean thaw, the Games were attended by North Korea and there was concern the military exercise could jeopardise the rapprochement.
'It was one meeting and we should never have expected that everything would be resolved in one meeting, ' she said, adding it could take months or years of further work.
Kim and Trump invited each other to their countries and they "gladly" accepted the invitations, sharing the belief that such a meeting would serve as "another important" occasion for improved relations between North Korea and the U.S, the KCNA said.
A presidential spokesman, in a cautious response, said Seoul needed to understand "the exact meaning and intention" of Mr Trump's remarks.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will personally brief South Korean President Moon Jae In on the outcome of the historic US-North Korea summit, an official from Mr Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on Wednesday (June 13).
"In coordination with our ROK [South Korean] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense and/or Indo-Pacific Command", the U.S. Forces-Korea statement said.
The South Korean president responded positively to the summit, praising the "courage and determination" of both leaders. -South Korea joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test in East Coast, South Korea, July 5, 2017.
Tuesday's summit was the first time a sitting U.S. president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.
That would restrict the possible candidates to a handful of men trusted by Kim within North Korea's highly opaque leadership circle.
He called the drills "provocative", and said ending the exercises will also save the US money.
Even before Singapore, everyone knew the DPRK would not "de-nuke" (Trump terminology) for nothing, especially when promised just some vague United States "guarantees".
Similar sentiments were echoed by the Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday.
Trump has already spoken to Moon by phone, in a 20-minute call following the USA president's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, which saw a pledge from both leaders to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. "We assess positively the statement of U.S. president after the meeting saying that it was inappropriate to hold military exercises during the negotiations".
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