But the President, who had just returned to the States after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, countered the star, whose hits include boxing movie Raging Bull.
As he flew home from Singapore, Trump was already shifting his attention back to this season's larger story arc.
"So far USA administrations tended to focus on a narrowly defined military-security deal instead of trying to tackle the root cause of North Korea problem, which is a high level of mutual distrust", he said on Bloomberg Television.
"It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated".
Moon later said South Korea would be flexible when it comes to military pressure on North Korea if it is honest about denuclearization.
Two North Korean missiles flew over Japan past year as North Korea made rapid advances in developing a missile capable of striking the US mainland with a nuclear warhead.
Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects the ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in North Korea.
"No, I think China would really like to see no nuclear weapons, you want to know the truth, because look, whether you're semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you're that close, that can't be a positive feeling", Trump said. It fell on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to try to explain what Trump's incoherent boasting meant in the real world, where the signed agreement fell far short of a "deal", and North Korea's nuclear program is still a serious threat.
The cancellation is considered a concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Even if North Korea has little incentive to actually denuclearize, it has many incentives to hint at forward progress. Pyongyang has long sought an end to the exercises it considers rehearsals for an invasion, but USA treaty allies Japan and South Korea view them as critical elements of their own national security.Читайте также: Jaguar E-Pace crossover gets new tech
There has been deep scepticism about the agreement, with observers saying it lacked detail on how North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and how that process would be verified.
The statement made no mention of verification, despite Trump's longstanding insistence on "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.
Seoul's Defense Ministry said the talks would focus on carrying out agreements from a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in where they vowed to take materialized steps to reduce military tensions and eliminate the danger of war.
Pompeo said Trump was alluding to the fact that it was the first time a sitting US president had met with Kim, adding that both leaders had a "blunt conversation" about the need for the communist state to rejoin the world community.
After calling the dictator a "tough guy", "smart", and someone who "loves his people", Trump shrugged off a question about his human rights abuses, echoing his remark previous year that while Russian president Vladimir Putin is a killer, "There are a lot of killers".
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, speaking in Korean, told reporters afterward that the military drills issue "was not discussed in depth". US officials said it was unclear what types of training involving USA and South Korean troops might cross into Trump's now forbidden zone of "war games".
"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the US", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon. But big, joint U.S.
In 2017, Trump made similar comments about Kim.
Still, there were signs as Pompeo met later with the top Japanese and South Korean diplomats that concerns about the freeze had not been fully resolved. The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty, leaving the two sides in a technical state of war.
The Trump administration is set to cancel the next joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula scheduled for August, a report said on Wednesday.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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