Trump says Kim's political prisoners are 'great winners' after summit

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"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun, one moment, one choice, what if?"

That is, of course, correct. Kim is widely believed to have ordered the execution of his own uncle and half-brother.

Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps.

He also said that the North Korean leader agreed to destroy a "major" missile testing site.

She also served as an official Korean interpreter for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, 2010 Games in Vancouver, and 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. "I am willing to do a lot of things to get them to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program". The former refers to dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapon capability, while the latter can include the eventual elimination of the US nuclear umbrella on the Korean Peninsula.

The cancellation is seen as a significant concession to North Korea.

Bruce Klingner, a North Korea expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the denuclearization pledge in the Trump statement is "diluted from the six-party talks provision, and there was no mention of North Korea moving towards complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, as the administration had hinted".

But others were sharply critical, claiming it appeared Mr. Trump offered the freeze in joint military drills without first securing full buy-in from South Korea.

The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn labelled the President a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

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"The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor", Trump said in Singapore after his summit with Kim. "If Trump goes there with his great heart, with his heart on the table, if he can let Kim see him really emotional, it will show that he's trustworthy as well", Rodman said, "It doesn't have to be about war, what happened in the past, about hatred, or how the future will be".

The photo of a grinning North Korean leader, taken and posted online by Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, astonished social media users.

The summit is scheduled to begin at 9am, the White House said.

Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.

Yet Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - the stated goal of the meeting.

"No-one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea", Mr Trump said during his infamous "little rocket man" speech to the United Nations previous year.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In also unveiled a video produced for the North Korean leader during their meeting at the Demilitarized Zone in April.

A confident leader strode into the Singapore summit and won. The best we can say is that this summit did bring the world back from the brink of another war on the Korean Peninsula.

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