China suggested yesterday that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea if the country abides by United Nations resolutions, as US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work for denuclearisation.
"The drills and the U.S. military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East Asia's security", Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera said when asked about Trump's surprise announcement.
"It is surely a historical moment that we all wanted to see, but I think it is still early to launch related products celebrating the historical moment of the two leaders", an industry insider told The Korea Herald.
Regarding the signed document's "commitment to establish new U.S. -DPRK relations", Kim Jong Un reportedly said the two countries "should commit themselves to refraining from antagonizing each other out of mutual understanding, and take legal and institutional steps to guarantee it".
Hours after Trump's declaration, the Pentagon on Tuesday afternoon insisted that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had not been blindsided by Trump.
"Conversations have been robust, there were no surprises".
It futher sees the U.S. and North Korea agree to "establish new relations", and 'join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula'.
On Wednesday Japan's defence chief said the U.S. military's presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for east Asian security. Trump was giving denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula "a red-hot go". The move would reverse decades of USA military posture in the region, with joint exercises at the heart of readiness efforts against the rogue regime's artillery and more than one million soldiers.
A spokeswoman for US military forces in Korea said they had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.
He said Tuesday's meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was a handsome moment between two good friends.
"That was a very last-minute", Trump said at a news conference, adding, "the remains will be coming back".
Mattis has repeatedly stressed that any reduction in troops would be a decision that only Washington and Seoul could address.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in meanwhile hailed the outcome of the SingaporeSummit, saying the "historic event" had ended the last Cold War conflict.
Asked about the issue after the meeting, President Trump said he'd been lobbied about the issue even as a presidential candidate. "People thought that what I was doing was more of a joke more of a stunt, more of a publicity stunt pretty much, and I was just trying to spread the word, the fact of why I was going over there because I like the guy".
Exercises with South Korea cover a range of eventualities, including drills with nuclear-capable bombers. "I knew nothing about North Korea". I said it, since when? Randall Schriver, the Pentagon's assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, was in Singapore for the summit as part of the USA delegation, and will return to Washington as the Pentagon considers its next moves.
In the wake of Trump's unexpected, nearly offhand comments to reporters, the Pentagon had nothing to say about the future of the war games. "But that's not part of the equation right now", Trump said.
South Korea's Presidential Blue House said it needed to "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Trump's statement, while adding that it was willing to "explore various measures to help the talks move forward more smoothly".
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