U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, center, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono listen during a joint news conference in Seoul, June 14, 2018. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem".
There were worries, especially in Tokyo and Seoul, which have huge USA military presences, about Trump agreeing to halt US military exercises with South Korea, which the North has long claimed were invasion preparations.
News that Kim did not utter North Korea's usual claim has started raising hopes among Japanese government officials that there may be room to resume bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang.
Amid the nervousness in Tokyo and Seoul, Russia crowed on Wednesday that the United States had essentially adopted a Chinese-Russian road map by jettisoning the military exercises. Trump's announcement appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.
That discussion between Putin and Trump reportedly happened in summer 2017. "They will string the United States along till the year-end", he said.
In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the USA would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul - something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.
But ahead of his sit down with Kim, Trump had said he would gauge whether the North Korean leader was honest with "just my touch, my feel". Trump has sought to portray his unprecedented meeting with Kim as a significant accomplishment that has made the world less vulnerable to the North's nuclear arsenal.
At a news conference after the meeting, Mr Trump said he would lift sanctions against North Korea once "nukes are no longer a factor". "It was a awful thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea".
Furthermore, it will be much harder for President Trump to again threaten military action, which could trigger a full-scale Second Korean War. Sen.
On Tuesday, Trump and Kim signed a statement outlining four points, including reaffirming a commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
"And naturally, they're not exclusively based in North Korea, but reportedly placed in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia". Lindsey Graham might believe that such a conflict would be no big deal since it would be "over there", but that would offer cold comfort to South Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese, whose nations could end up battle zones-as well as North Koreans-who should not be needlessly sacrificed due to their government's policies.
The traditional US calendar for other major drills would not pick up again until next spring, officials say. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August. -South Korean drills was met with concern.
On Wednesday, Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera pointedly said the drills played a "vital role in East Asia's security".