Kim meeting: Leaders shake hands to open momentous summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Singapore on June 12

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Singapore on June 12

A quick answer: Probably not.

"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview in Singapore after the summit.

The document promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" without detailing exactly what that would entail.

Those moves were unthinkable even several months ago, when the two unpredictable leaders threatened to nuke each other and traded a series of harsh personal insults. Anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace. But he added "our hostages" are back home and testing, research and launches have stopped.

Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment many people never expected to see, Kim said many of those watching would think it was a scene from a "science fiction movie".

"On the other hand, Kim wants a peace treaty to replace the armistice he wants a guarantee from the United States that they won't bring about regime change and he wants a lifting of sanctions so North Korea can join the worldwide economic community and get on with it".

Trump's Twitter barrage came as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo jetted to Seoul for follow-up talks Wednesday and Thursday.

North Korea sees the annual exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, but the government in Seoul maintains they are defensive in nature.

Trump also hit back at critics of the agreement, which analysts called sparse and underwhelming and said it gifted North Korea the legitimacy it craved in exchange for very little.

Despite being regarded as a first step towards denuclearisation, the North Korean Supreme Leader was credited for creating conditions for peace following his historic meeting on Tuesday with Donald Trump.

"Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war", Cha wrote in The New York Times in the immediate aftermath of the summit.

The agreement signed Tuesday by Trump and Kim also included provisions for future negotiations, hinting at the possibility of more meetings between the US and North Korean leaders.

"Why did South Korea and the U.S. form an alliance and stage military drills before the nuclear crisis flared?" Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience.

Trump on Tuesday seemed fine with this, saying he thought Kim was being honest. Trump later interacted with media persons from across the world covering the event.

The pair are set to meet until early afternoon, when it is hoped that they will present a joint agreement including steps for the North's abandonment of nuclear weapons.

The North Korean delegation comprises more than 100 people.

"From now on, there will be various kinds of bargaining toward a Japan-North Korea summit", the unnamed official said.

Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive", Trump said in a media availability following the meeting.

Trump also praised himself for backing a woman who won a Republican primary Tuesday in SC, defeating a Trump critic. Trump insisted that strong verification of denuclearisation would be included in a final agreement, saying it was a detail his team would begin sorting out with the North Koreans next week.

Backdrops of U.S. and North Korean flags, both red white and blue, were also prominent in the Rodong Sinmun, which has previously lashed the United States as a "gangster-like imperialist", and "cancer-like entity".

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