President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un affects Koreans living in Kansas who fear for the safety of their loved ones in Asia.
Weeks earlier, Bolton, a long-time supporter of regime change in North Korea, was vilified by North Korean propaganda in a blow-up between the USA and North Korean negotiators that briefly led to the cancellation of the summit.
About 29,000 USA soldiers are based in the South, under a security agreement reached after the war ended in 1953.
The US and South Korea are security allies, with about 30,000 American troops based in country to defend it from its northern neighbour, which launched an invasion in 1950.
On the other hand, Russian Federation and China, who joined North Korea in criticizing the joint military drills in the past, welcomed Trump's decision. But the statement did not specify his North Korean counterpart by name, saying it would be a "relevant, high-level" official. Current and former United States officials say they're concerned at the possibility that the U.S. might stop military drills unilaterally, without an explicit pledge from Pyongyang to lower its threat.
"So, here's the question for my Democratic colleagues: If diplomacy fails, will you support my efforts to authorize the use of military force as a last resort to convince North Korea and China things are going to be different this time", Graham said.
"The absence of the North Korean name in the joint statement, despite the role that Kim Yong Chol has played so far, could mean Kim Jong Un is agonising over whether he should now charge diplomats to do the job", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.
"It feels like there is a big change coming with this", she said. "At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns".
Mattis was not among the surprised, according to a spokeswoman.
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But he has chiefly dealt with inter-Korean relations, rather than nuclear issues, which have mostly been handled by the foreign ministry.
"Great progress was made".
North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, highlighting concessions made by the USA president.
But with no clear signs of how or when the process will unfold, others have been more cautious about the summit's implications. The US secretary of state has said Washington will demand "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation. "That is, the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of the nuclear weapons program that is in defiance of numerous United Nations security council resolutions".
Former Defense Secretary under President Barack Obama Leon Panetta says President Trump shouldn't give anything to North Korea until he sees what steps they are prepared to take to denuclearize.
Once again, this is all about Eurasia integration; increased trade between North Korea and Northeast China, concerning mostly Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces; and total, physical connectivity of both Koreas to the Eurasian heartland.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the focus was now on North Korea's response.
The wording recalls Seoul's reaction to Trump's initial cancellation of the summit with Kim two weeks ago, after North Korean officials lobbed personal insults at National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence.