SINGAPORE – United States President Donald Trump said that the country would halt annual military exercises on the Korean peninsula, at the end of a historic bilateral summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday.
Trump, speaking after having signed a joint declaration with Kim, added that there were no plans in place to reduce the US troop deployment to South Korea.
“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money,” Trump said during a press conference at the end of the summit. “It is very provocative.”
Despite the pledge to stop the military maneuvers, Trump ruled out a reduction in the deployment of some 28,500 troops in South Korea, many of whom are stationed along the border with North Korea, known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Although he said that he wanted to “bring them back home,” the issue of US soldiers in South Korea was “not part of the equation right now.”
Pyongyang has long decried the drills citing as a simulation of an invasion of its territory.
According to the agreement signed during the historic summit on Tuesday, North Korea has committed to giving up its nuclear weapons ambitions, while the US has offered Pyongyang “security guarantees.”