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"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea lieutenant-colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement. "I think the summit talk is very important because we are really covering a lot of people".

Trump did not mention human rights in his opening remarks at the news conference that followed the two leaders' meeting, giving only a vague answer to a reporter's question about whether his legitimization of Pyongyang betrayed North Korean human rights victims. "That's not what you have to do", Trump said.

"The greatest achievement of the summit was that Trump's comments show his confidence in resolving any issues [with Kim]", Nam said in a brief meeting with a small group of reporters in Singapore.

The decision to end the so-called "war games" was announced following summit talks between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, for whom the exercises have been a source of irritation.

Ahn said for people who are not Korean, it's just an issue for the moment.

Trump reiterated plans to end joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

"The American military presence in South Korea wouldn't mean much if the militaries don't practice through joint drills", said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy.

If the showy drills do end, it would be a concession on the part of the president to Kim. "Well I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here".

"But we believe it is necessary to come up with various measures to improve dialogue more smoothly", the Blue House said. -South Korean military exercises "provocative".

"I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington".

Rep. Ed Royce of California, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded Trump for pursuing peace through diplomacy, but he also said Kim had "gained much" Tuesday, "including an apparent promise" from Trump to suspend military drills.

"What is most troubling about all this is that the US gave up something tangible, namely, US-RoK military exercises, in exchange", he added, using the abbreviation for South Korea's official name.

Still, he credited the summit for starting a diplomatic process between North Korea and the United States.

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