The one constant in Trump's one-step-forward, multiple-steps-back approach to geopolitics is that China keeps improving its geopolitical position.
At the same time, they seemed less rosy about Washington and Seoul's future relationship with Pyongyang, due to a distrust of the North Korean regime and President Moon Jae-in's liberal administration. "He simply got a long-term, open-ended commitment to denuclearization with no time-frame, no commitment to a step-by-step process, no understanding of what "complete denuclearization" means, and no commitment from North Korea that it would be verifiable", Ross said.
"There were no surprises", she said.
Other Republicans raised questions about the necessity of ending the exercises. "I am concerned that the summit between Trump and Kim will prove to be a setback in the global efforts to denuclearize North Korea and also introduce instability in the alliance between Seoul and Washington".
Trump hasn't offered details about halting the exercises, which were already disrupted this year when springtime drills were delayed for the Winter Olympics, which took place in South Korea.
"There is nearly nothing of significant substance - or even new - in this document".
"The first sigh of relief we should all have is that Trump has rejected the idea that we need to have strikes on North Korea and he's open to diplomacy", Khanna said. On May 24, North Korea began demolishing its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. A federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election also hangs over his presidency. "I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump".
"That would be a discussion between two democracies", the Pentagon chief said, referring to the USA and Seoul, noting the issue is "not something other countries would have initial domain over".
Trump himself scoffed at the sceptics earlier on Tuesday.
But the last three presidents secured commitments from North Korea on denuclearisation that North Korea later reneged on.
Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Kim, whom he described as "very talented". U.S. officials in South Korea had "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises", the Associated Press reports. -South Korea military drills - was characterized by state-run media as a major victory in hand for Kim.
Nor were there any USA concessions on sanctions relief, normalisation of relations absent progress in human rights or a more extensive security guarantee to the regime than previously provided, he said.
Some analysts doubt that's possible given the country's troubled economic past and nature of the Kim regime.
After the Central Intelligence Agency informed Congress North Korea had built a centrifuge facility, another major step in the nuclear process, Pyongyang formally withdrew from the non-proliferation agreement in January 2003. "Why not ease sanctions?"