South Korean Marines move into position on a beach during a joint landing operation by US and South Korean Marines in the southeastern port of Pohang, Korea.

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South Korean Marines move into position on a beach during a joint landing operation by US and South Korean Marines in the southeastern port of Pohang, Korea.

Official Washington was roiled on Tuesday afternoon by competing interpretations of President Donald Trump’s loosely worded agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to halt U.S. military exercises in Pyongyang’s backyard.

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At the root of the misunderstanding were the president’s own comments, which were vague as to what exactly he meant by “war games.” What’s more, a document signed by both Trump and Kim did little to help clarify what Trump was committing to do.

And throughout the summit, Trump emphasized the emotional rapport he felt had with Kim, and avoided questions about the specifics of what either country was actually agreeing to do.



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