Just hours after finishing his historic talks with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump has said that the US military will stop conducting war games aimed at North Korea.
The drills, which the US has carried out with South Korea, exacerbate tensions and halting them “will save a tremendous amount of money,” he told reporters at a press conference.
North Korea had pledged to destroy a major missile testing site, Trump said, adding that “there is no limit to what North Korea can achieve when it gives up nuclear weapons.”
Sanctions against Pyongyang would be lifted “when we know the nukes are no longer a factor,” Trump said. Meanwhile, North Korea would be offered “security guarantees.”
In a joint agreement signed by Trump and Kim, North Korea reaffirmed its “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
To formalize the closer ties between the two traditional adversaries, Trump said he would like to visit North Korean capital Pyongyang “at the appropriate time.” Kim would “absolutely” be invited to the White House, he said.