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The KCNA report called the military drills a "provocation" - the same word used by Trump in Singapore to describe the decision.

Trump's surprise, nearly offhand comments, made during a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seemingly upended decades of the US defense posture on the Korean Peninsula.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), NPR noted, sent a letter to President Donald Trump back in June this year, urging him to make the issue part of the president's negotiation with North Korea's supreme leader.

The account Wednesday in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper could signal the first rift with President Trump over the perceived path forward with the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.

But Trump made one thing clear during the summit in Singapore.

China has also reacted positively to the historic meeting, suggesting economic sanctions against North Korea could be lifted. Trump called the joint military exercises "very provocative" and dismissed them as a highly expensive practice for the US.

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Exercises with South Korea cover a range of eventualities, including drills with nuclear-capable bombers. The president said the drills cost the US a "tremendous amount of money", and that South Korea hasn't always chipped in enough.

Although the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was consulted ahead of time, current and former USA defense officials expressed concern at the possibility that the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea lowering the threat from Pyongyang.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said later that it has received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises, including the UFG slated for August.

Following their summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula and work for finding a peaceful resolution to seven decades of hostilities between the two countries.

Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington. "President Trump has said in the past that all his predecessors have been played, which is true, but he's being played at another level", he said.

When asked to clarify Pence's message on whether the joint military exercises would continue, Gardner, who leads a Senate panel overseeing policy toward North Korea, responded: "I think there are certain exercises that will continue, yes". When open hostilities ended in 1953 - North and South Korea are still technically at war - the support forces of both sides' allies remained on the ground.

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Between 1950 and 1953, during the Korean War, 35,000 American soldiers died and 7,700 are still listed as missing in action.

"There is no single change in the suspension of the South-U.S. joint military exercise compared to the past", Nam said.

There are 130,000 people in concentration camps in North Korea.

Trump and Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit Tuesday with the signing of the document, which the USA president described as "pretty comprehensive".

He added, "While Mr. Trump provides the background, I want [the government] to win a firm commitment from North Korea that a Japan-North Korea summit meeting will be held".

Following the unprecedented meeting in Singapore, Trump stunned observers when he said continuing the exercises routinely held between the US and South Korea would be "inappropriate" while Washington fleshes out a comprehensive deal with Pyongyang.

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