8:56 a.m. ET, June 12, 2018
What the military is saying about Trump's promise to stop war games
The Department of Defense "continues to work with the White House, the interagency, and our allies and partners" following the summit, Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN.
"We will provide additional information as it becomes available," he added.
A separate senior US defense official said the Pentagon will work with the White House and State Department to further determine how to carry out the President’s intent on exercises.
The official says “right now the issues to be determined” are:
- The timeframe: Is this a temporary or permanent suspension?
- The level of exercises impacted: Is it all of them, or just major ones?
- The impact of allies: Plus the impact to coalition who are part of the exercise program.
- The questions that remain: Are there any conditions set? Do the North Koreans have to do anything first to result in exercise suspension?
Why we're talking about this: Earlier today, President Trump said the US plans to stop the "war games," an apparent reference to joint military exercises with South Korea that North Korea has long rebuked as provocative.
Trump also said he hopes to eventually withdraw US forces from South Korea, but said "That's not part of the equation right now."
Here's that moment: