I worried that we would make concessions that were not

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I worried that we would make concessions that were not

  alluci elaborated in a call arranged by the Stimson Center. He worried Trump would

go along with a Chinese and Russian proposal “that we give up joint ex

ercises with the ROK in exchange for the North Koreans giving up furthe

r testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.”

  There had been some concern that the US would sign off on a formal end to hostiliti

es with North Korea and, as a result, Trump would agree to pull US troops from the Korean Peninsula.

  The President had claimed that the removal of US troops from South Korea was not on the ta

ble, but there were still fears that Trump would change his mind at the last minute. During his post-su

mmit press conference he bemoaned — and exaggerated — the cost of maintaining a US military presence.

  Instead, Washington and Pyongyang are now at “a pause,” Galluci said. “There will be con

tinuing efforts to go beyond the place we are at. And this is a fine temporary position we’re at.”

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