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America's Asian allies react to Trump-Kim deal

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America's Asian allies react to Trump-Kim deal

America's Asian allies react to Trump-Kim deal

While America's Asian allies expressed confusion about the outcome of Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit, North Korean state media lauded the meeting as a resounding success, highlighting concessions by the U.S. president and the prospect of a new era of peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula.

Ed Giles reports.

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America's Asian allies react to Trump-Kim deal

(SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "One of the things I'm happy about is that we're not going to play the wargames anymore." In a Fox News interview Tuesday, President Donald Trump revealed more details about his deal with Kim Jong Un.

He said Kim would "absolutely" visit the White House and Trump drove home his relief that the U.S. was going to save money by halting yearly war games with South Korea.

The war games were one of the most concrete things that Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed over at their summit.

It came as a surprise to some in Washington and U.S. allies in Asia.

However late Tuesday Trump revealed that suspension would only happen if Pyongyang kept up its good behavior.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Do you know how expensive that is?" We're flying these massive bombers in for practice from Guam.

... So we're not going to be doing the wargames as long as we're negotiating in good faith." Then, hours later on Wednesday North Korea state media trumpeted the summit as a major win and hailed the wargames agreement as a major concession.

They also claimed Trump had accepted an invitation to visit the North.

However there was still confusion and uncertainty among U.S. allies in Asia.

After initial surprise in South Korea over the war games, on Wednesday they admitted halting drills may be needed to help negotiations with Pyongyang.

That's according to South Korean media.

Japan has other issues.

A Tokyo spokesman said Wednesday even though the North pledged denuclearization, they saw nothing concrete in Tuesday's Trump-Kim deal.

They want guarantees from the experts.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY YOSHIHIDE SUGA SAYING: "It is important for the International Atomic Energy Agency to enter for inspections if the denuclearisation are to go ahead.

That is our priority." U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also arrives in Seoul on Wednesday where he's set to brief Japanese and South Korean officials on what comes next.




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