India welcomes Trump-Kim summit; calls it 'positive development'

President Trump walked with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island on Tuesday

President Trump walked with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island on Tuesday

While President Trump might be correct that his threat to rain "fire and fury" on the Korean Peninsula helped get Kim to the table (and perhaps persuaded Xi to cajole him there), the opportunity to convert that leverage into real denuclearization has been squandered.

US President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore in this picture released on Tuesday by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

The remarks contradicted countless previous declarations by US political and military officials over the years that the drills are routine, defensive and absolutely critical.

Did Trump end military exercises with South Korea? The U.S. has conducted those exercises for decades, not only as a show of unity with South Korea, but also to maintain readiness for an attack by North Korea.

"This looks like a restatement of where we left negotiations more than 10 years ago and not a major step forward", Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at Washington's Foundation for Defense of Democracies think-tank, told Reuters.

The Foreign Minister said it was too early to say if the Trump-Kim meeting could be deemed a success, "but at least it's a serious start".

US Forces Korea (USFK), which comprises about 28 500 troops permanently based in South Korea, received no immediate new guidance on upcoming joint training exercises, including so-called Ulchi Freedom Guardian scheduled for later this year.

But Trump refused to endorse a communique at the G7 summit over the weekend that said participants were "guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based global order". Speaking at a news conference after the summit, he called the military drills "tremendously expensive".




The first steps for scrapping the nuclear program were made even before the summit, as Pyongyang demolished its nuclear test site last month.

China, North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic supporter despite its anger at Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, wasted little time with a reminder that United Nations sanctions could be adjusted. "At some point, I want to get our soldiers out, get them back home, but not right now". "We'll check it very strongly", he told reporters on Air Force One.

"The relevant resolutions passed by the UN Security Council stipulate that ... adjustment to the sanctions has to be made in accordance with the situation on how North Korea has implemented the agreement - including suspending or removing relevant sanctions measures", Geng said.

Trump also said he wants "at some point" to withdraw the American troops now in South Korea.

Half of liberal "elites" would rather the United States and North Korea have a "nuclear war" if it means President Donald Trump would "fail", Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Monday night.

Following Everett's statement that the drills would continue "per Sen".

"There is no single change in the suspension of the South-U.S. joint military exercise compared to the past", Nam said. Drills called Team Spirit, one of the largest annual military maneuvers in the world at the time, were held from 1976 until 1993, when, after North Korea agreed to dismantle its existing nuclear facilities, the exercises were canceled and have not been held since.

On a point that's harder to quantify, Trump also granted what Kim Jong-un, a dictator who executed more than 100 officials to secure power and has overseen the starvation of hundreds of thousands of citizens, has sought for a long time: a seat at the global table. Quite a bit, compared to the U.S. A favored USA slogan in South Korea is "ready to fight tonight". "I'd like to see peace with America and Korea".

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