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"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", he tweeted.

The country was as surprised as anyone by President Donald Trump's sudden announcement in Singapore that the United States would be "stopping the war games" - the joint military exercises it regularly carries out with South Korea. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous USA statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea".

"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Trump told Fox News in an interview in Singapore after he met with Kim Jong Un.

"We had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", Kim said as he and Trump signed the joint statement, adding, "The world will see a major change".

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage Americans to "sleep well tonight" upon landing in Washington, D.C., early Wednesday morning after the landmark summit in Singapore between the United States and North Korea.

As part of the inter-Korean thaw, the Games were attended by North Korea and there was concern the military exercise could jeopardise the rapprochement.

The Trump administration has called for complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) on the Korean Peninsula, while Tuesday's joint statement mentioned only of a commitment "to work towards complete denuclearization". Ultimately, in the short term, at least while diplomacy continues, Trump's tweets seem to indicate he is ready to live with the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons and potentially the capacity to fire them at the United States, in an implicit erosion of the USA strategic position.

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At their meeting in Singapore, Mr. Kim pledged the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, although the agreement lacks details of how that could be achieved.

"I think over the weeks that they spent with us, they gained greater confidence that we are sort of no-nonsense but efficient people", he said. Even in cases where the USA president has studied his briefing materials, unlike Trump, having others present can prevent a situation where the two nations disagree about what promises were made.

Trump and Kim were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks - but to far different receptions.

Both in South Korea and Japan, there are mixed views on the military exercises. That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw U.S. troops from the South.

"Without Otto this would not have happened", Trump told a post-summit news conference in Singapore. It will be the first ever meeting between a sitting US President and North Korean leader. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August. -South Korean drill that is due in August, Reuters reported. "I am confident that they understand what we're prepared to do, the handful of things that we're likely not prepared to do".

In the aftermath of the Singapore summit, the anti-Trump talking point is that Trump accomplished nothing of outcome. -South Korea joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test in East Coast, South Korea, July 5, 2017.

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