The suspension of joint US and South Korean exercises, announced by President Trump following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, could quickly be resumed if North Korea stops acting in “good faith,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Trump said following the summit in Singapore that US exercises with South Korea are expensive and “provocative,” and that they will be suspended as part of negotiations for Kim to end his nuclear program. Pompeo, speaking after meeting with South Korean officials in Seoul, said he wants North Korea to make major nuclear disarmament progress before 2020. North Korean state media said Wednesday that Trump had agreed to remove sanctions and put forth a step-by-step approach to denuclearization, but Pompeo pushed back saying that claim should be “heavily” discounted, according to
The Associated Press. —Brian Everstine
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