The US side seeks denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula under terms that give US and worldwide authorities broad power to inspect nuclear reactors in North Korea at any time they choose to verify parts of a potential denuclearization agreement. It was shocking, he said, because these exercises are fundamental to our military relationship with South Korea. But they are there exclusively for the defense of South Korea. North Korea also insists that the USA troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North.
The president said he and Kim "got along from the beginning" and the North Korean leader realized that he must get rid of his nuclear weapons. "The most important, hard part of this security issue is for the United States and North Korea to sit down to find a way to resolution via equal talks", Wang said.
"My first question is whether our allies, the South Koreans, were consulted in advance of suspending these military exercises", he told Reuters.
The final point on the document calls for North Korea to work with the U.S. in helping them recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action - including immediately repatriating any bodies which have already been identified. "Plus, I think it's very provocative".
Analysts generally agree that a series of stringent economic and financial sanctions against North Korea, led by the USA with China's support, have played a big role in Kim's sudden embrace of diplomacy in the past six months after his repeated nuclear provocations.
USA forces in South Korea were also apparently clueless as to the decision to suspend the military exercises. There are also annual springtime drills.
He said: "We have done exercises for a long period of time, working with South Korea and we call them war game and I call them war games".
"Here at the Pentagon, what they're telling us is, they will be in line with as soon as they figure out what, exactly, he's talking about", she said.
If implemented, the plan could be one of the most concrete and controversial moves to come from Trump's summit with Kim, who pledged to pursue denuclearization but offered no details.