Kim summit signals new breakthrough and echoes past problems

Trump Seeks Recovery of US Military Remains in North Korea

Trump Seeks Recovery of US Military Remains in North Korea

"The worst outcome is that the United States, South Korea and North Korea all get together and China gets knocked out". Trump's claim is dubious considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal. North Korea has long objected to the drills as a security threat.

Trump says on Twitter after returning from his Singapore summit that "we save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith".

In an exclusive interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos and at a press briefing Trump announced that he was suspending military exercises conducted annually in South Korea by the USA military.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the two leaders "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

The North Korean leader agreed to work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in return for security guarantees from the U.S. as Trump wrapped up his historic summit which he described as "honest, direct and productive".

Sung Cheol Choi, a United Kingdom-based defector who heads the North Korea Economy Development Research Institute, said that the summit was the first step to improving living standards in the North, which has stagnated under global sanctions leveled in response to its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests.

The Singapore accord largely amounts to an agreement to continue discussions, echoing previous public statements and commitments.

The emerging detente between U.S. and North Korea represents a step forward in world peace.

Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews early Wednesday morning, completing the president's marathon trip to Asia for talks with the North Korean leader.

Shi Yinhong, an worldwide relations expert at People's University in Beijing, said Trump's pledge to halt military maneuvers is, from China's perspective, nearly "too good to be true".

Trump made the remarks during a press conference that followed his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the Singaporean resort island of Sentosa.

One of the best stock market strategies in recent months has been to bet on companies in South Korea that stand to benefit from strengthening relations with their northern neighbour.

Shares in Butan Industrial dipped further off their recent highs following Trump's get-together with Kim Jong Un, closing around 10% lower. "In coordination with our ROK partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or lndo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)", she said.

Now, he says he's not happy with how this week's meeting went.

The straight-faced Prime Minister replied grumpily: 'Well, there aren't any American troops in North Korea'.

Around the same time, Mr. Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the USA stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior.