South Korean marines march after landing in a joint exercise.
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U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration Tuesday that he intended to end joint military exercises in Korea seemed to be news to both South Korean and American military officials. Trump made the remarks at a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, calling war games expensive and "provocative". The Pentagon was not immediately able to flesh out Trump's remarks about suspending drills, a move the U.S. military has long resisted.South Korea said last month that the issue of U.S. troops stationed there was unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that U.S. forces should stay even if such an agreement were signed.North Korea has called for an end to the exercises as part of the United States' ending its "hostile policy" toward the country.As U.S. and South Korean troops continued exercises, North Korean officials lashed out in several statements that led Trump to temporarily call off the summit.
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