Trump White House sows confusion on South Korean 'war games' pledge

Trump directed his ire at Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau

Mr Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Mr Kim, and would "absolutely" invite him to Washington.

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".

"This has shown that the disputes between Washington and Pyongyang remain large and can not be resolved in a single summit", said Cheng Xiaohe, a Korean affairs expert at Renmin University of China. 2015 numbers went down slightly, to 75%, but it was still the most widely supported strategy, just above "impose tighter economic sanctions on North Korea", at 70% support. "China will continue to play our constructive role", he added.

In follow-up talks on the establishment of new relations, the USA and North Korea will likely hold discussions on ending hostilities.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Tuesday that it had received "no updated guidance" yet related to the regular exercises with South Korea that President Donald Trump said he will stop.

A meeting between the leaders of both South Korea and North Korea in April also boosted optimism and intrigue in the city.

Analysts called Trump's halting of military exercises a major concession to North Korea, especially since Kim made no concrete pledge on the process of denuclearisation but merely reaffirmed a vaguely worded promise he has given to South Korea before.

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"Now [Trump] has criticised the exercises as provocative and given them up for ... nothing?"

"This is their life and their future", she said. Trump did not mention human rights in his opening remarks at the news conference that followed the two leaders' meeting, giving only a vague answer to a reporter's question about whether his legitimization of Pyongyang betrayed North Korean human rights victims.

Instead, DOJ issued a press release after midnight suggesting they will only meet with a group of select lawmakers to discuss the matter on the same day the North Korea summit opens in Singapore, according to numerous sources and a DOJ statement.

But the last three presidents secured commitments from North Korea on denuclearisation that North Korea later reneged on.

"This was an opportunity to make a breakthrough and if we missed it, how can we be sure the tensions on the Korean peninsula won't return?" asked Zhu Feng, an worldwide relations specialist at Nanjing University. North Korea also insists that the US troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North. One possible lesson is Vietnam, a former Communist ally that has become one of the strongest opponents of China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.

After the talks, the USA president said that the process of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula will begin "very soon" and the North Korean leader promised to leave the past behind. "This may seem far-fetched but it has happened with Vietnam".

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