Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

"I think what the vice president said today - and we'll continue to clarify what the president had talked about - exercises will continue with South Korea", Gardner said during a news conference with other GOP leaders.

At the conclusion of the historic summit, Mr. Trump said he'll freeze so-called "war games" with South Korea as negotiations with Mr. Kim continue.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said it was "troubling" that Trump had agreed to suspend joint drills without making any reference to North Korea dialing back its conventional military threat.

Trump said he will send his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Seoul after the summit to explain the results and discuss cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.

Other current and former USA defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters they were surprised by the announcement and expressed concern about lowering the readiness of American military personnel on the Korean peninsula.

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops. "It is a list of aspirational goals", said Evans Revere, a former USA negotiator with North Korea.

"We are going to take care of a very big and very unsafe problem for the world", Trump said after the meeting in a joint statement with Kim.

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In response to Trump's suggestion that an agreement to formally end the Korean War might take place soon, Nam said the Moon administration would not hasten the process and that there was "no timeframe" set for the process.

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea.

Regarding Trump's surprise announcement that he would put a stop to regular joint ROK-U.S. military drills, Nam said the issue required discussion between the two countries.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) echoed the belief that "as negotiations now advance, there is only one acceptable final outcome: complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization".

She stressed the need to protect America and its allies, address the nuclear threat from North Korea and protect long-term USA interests in Asia. I want to get our soldiers out.

The U.S. has some 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea as part of the longstanding alliance between the two countries that fought together in the 1950-53 war.

The troops and war games were not mentioned in the final summit document, which focused on security guarantees and a general commitment to denuclearization.

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