Pompeo to visit China after North Korea summit, Beijing confirms

"We pay for the majority of them", the president said. I figured Trump [would] at least get some missiles or a site closure or something concrete.

The Chinese position echoes comments made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who called for a lifting of sanctions during a May visit to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

President Donald Trump's pledge to end "war games" in South Korea came as a surprise to commentators, and was viewed by many as a weighty concession to Kim Jong-un.

The seemingly off-the-cuff remarks, which were not written into the joint document signed by Kim and Trump at their summit, stunned South Korea and even came as a surprise to USA forces in Korea, which said that they had yet to receive updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises, including the joint drills scheduled for August.

Pompeo's visit, his first trip to China after replacing Rex Tillerson as top USA diplomat in April, comes amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington over trade and China's claims to much of the South China Sea.

Lovett said, as of now, the USA military plans to "continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance" from the Department of Defense or Indo-Pacific Command. "They'd been having lots of conversations, but about all things and possibilities". He added, "I am equally confident that they understand there will be in-depth verification".

"The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific".

The lack of details contributed to an air of skepticism in Washington about what Trump accomplished. While the president won general praise for talking to Kim - instead of tweeting at him - even some Republicans were grasping for concrete takeaways and sounding cautious. "Trying to reason with someone like that is like trying to hand feed a shark".

In a statement, U.S. Forces-Korea said it had received no guidance or forewarning of Trump's announcement of the halt to the exercises, and South Korea professed to be baffled. -South Korea military exercises would make "some degree of sense" if North Korea had requested it and the US had agreed to do so as a signal of good faith, but noted that the concessions Washington received from Pyongyang at the summit were "almost non-existent".

"Kim Jong Un clarified the stand that if the U.S. side takes genuine measures for building trust in order to improve the DPRK-U.S. relationship, the DPRK, too, can continue to take additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them", the KCNA said.

"War games are very expensive", he said, raising the issue of their cost.

North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, highlighting concessions made by the USA president. Independent experts estimate North Korea now has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs, and it has tested missiles that could potentially deliver a nuclear weapon to the US mainland.

Joint military exercises between USA and South Korean troops have long angered Pyongyang.

"I'm going to leave the content of our discussions between the two parties, but one should heavily discount some things that are written in other places", Pompeo said.

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