Today, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint statement committing to the recovery and returning of remains of United States military personnel missing in action and presumed dead from the Korean War.
Trump, following his historic Singapore summit with Kim, said the USA would end such military drills on the peninsula. "The worst outcome is that the United States, South Korea and North Korea all get together and China gets knocked out". -South Korea military exercises and ease crippling sanctions against Pyongyang, suggesting via state media that the American leader had explicitly acceded to two of the nuclear-armed nation's top goals during an "epoch-making" summit a day earlier.
"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Mr Trump said, labelling the exercises "inappropriate" and "very provocative".
"But I don't think there's going to be anything too swift coming from the White House", Paulsen said.
Security experts warn that a reduction in USA military presence in East Asia would alter the balance of power in the region as China's engages in a rapid military build-up.
Historically, the USA has asserted that the bilateral, planned, and transparent military drills are legal while North Korea's nuclear program is not, so it would be blackmail to suspend them for Pyongyang. He was also linked by USA intelligence to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.
On the other hand, some said that while they admit the efforts made by President Trump have contributed to the realization of the extraordinary summit, they fear that Kim and Trump are figures who are "hard to predict".
"At least there was the minimum language that both sides were looking for" in the ensuing joint statement, he said-namely "denuclearization on the Korean peninsula and security" guarantees.
Amid the din of discussion about denuclearization and concessions, veterans groups are praising President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for taking a step toward closure for the families of thousands of missing Korean War service members. There is a "huge difference between the two", the anonymous official said.
Lastly, even as the door to diplomacy remains open, we shouldn't forget who Kim Jong Un is.
Trump was also asked about whether North Korea's human rights record came up at the summit, and he told ABC News that the issue was discussed "briefly" and then "at length". And some of the press would say, he's meeting with them, and he's got a major loss.
He's expected to meet privately in the evening with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea.