Updated 5:32 a.m.
Trump departs Singapore after North Korea summit, says leaving early because ‘there was nothing more we could have done’
Updated 4:55 a.m.
President Donald Trump has stunned the Korean Peninsula by announcing the stoppage of U.S.-South Korean annual war games that have long been defended as defensive and vital by the allies.
Trump spoke to reporters after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday and essentially took the North Korean line on the military exercises, calling them “provocative.”
The 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
Trump called the war games “tremendously expensive,” suggested South Korea didn’t contribute enough and said they would be “inappropriate” as the U.S. and North Korea negotiate a new relationship.
A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Trump-Kim summit opens a new era of peace and cooperation. The statement did not address Trump’s comments about the drills.
Seoul’s presidential office told the Associated Press that it was trying to discern the exact meaning and intent of Trump’s comments.
Updated 4:40 a.m.
President Donald Trump says he really believes North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is going to make good on his promise to denuclearize.
Trump said Tuesday near the end of a lengthy press conference in Singapore that he may be wrong about Kim, but he’ll never admit it.
Trump jokes that he “may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.'” But he says, “I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that.”
Trump appeared to be in a good spirits as he answered questions for almost an hour following a day of meetings with Kim and other North Korean officials.
He ended by congratulating reporters and saying he’s eager to “take it a little bit easy” now that the highly anticipated summit is over.
Updated 4:20 a.m.
President Donald Trump says he thinks “we’ll probably need another summit”- or at least a second meeting – with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as they discuss Kim’s commitment to denuclearization.
But Trump told reporters in Singapore on Tuesday that he and Kim were able to cover far more ground than he’d expected.
He says, “We’re much further along than I would have thought.”
Trump answered reporters’ questions at a free-wheeling press conference before returning to the U.S.
He appeared to be enjoying himself as he went back and forth with the press.
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have signed what Trump says is a “very important” and “pretty comprehensive” document.
But Trump is refusing to tell reporters what the declaration says. The document is set to be handed out to reporters later.
Trump said Tuesday as the leaders wrapped up their historic summit in Singapore that he and Kim “have developed a very special bond” during their day together.
And he says, “Both sides are going to be impressed with the result.”
Kim told reporters that “the world will see a major change,” though it’s unclear how.
The summit marked the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.