Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders’ handshake and the moonlight stroll mr Kim took on Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Mr Trump was helping legitimise Mr Kim on the world stage as an equal of the United States president.
Beatrice Fihn, executive director of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said: “The Reality TV-Star Trump just pulled off the photo-op of a lifetime”.
While there was initially some confusion about what the leaders were doing, it quickly became clear that Trump was making a classic alpha male move: showing Kim his ride.
Following the “breaking news” from the summit, one could learn such colorful details as what Trump, Kim, and their aides ate for lunch, and that former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman – probably Trump and Kim’s only mutual friend – believes he should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in making the event happen.
He said the two nations are prepared “to write a new chapter”, adding North Korea “has the potential to be an unbelievable place”.
The agreement’s language on North Korea’s nuclear program was similar to what the leaders of North and South Korea came up with at their own summit in April.
“Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people”.
“We hope the summit will be a success and bring us a complete denuclearisation, peace and a new era” in relations between the two Koreas and the United States, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said.
He added: “We’ll meet many times”.
The 1950-53 Korean War ended without an official peace treaty.
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, called North Korea a “brutal regime” and urged Trump to continue “maximum economic pressure” as negotiations advance.
But Li Nan, senior researcher at Pangoal, a Beijing-based Chinese public policy think tank, said the meeting had only symbolic significance.
The US president said the meeting went “better than anybody could imagine”.
Kim reaffirmed that he would “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”, though there was no indication the two men had agreed on what that would mean. “Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough”.
Pompeo says on Twitter he provided the diplomats with “a brief readout of today’s meeting” between Trump and Kim.
‘USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises – to include this fall’s scheduled Ulchi Freedom Guardian, ‘ US forces in Korea spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.
The Republican chairman of the United States senate foreign relations committee, Bob Corker, said it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit. Markets riseInside, they sat alongside each other against a backdrop of North Korean and US flags, with Kim beaming broadly as the USA president gave him a thumbs up. At the time, Trump accused North Korea of torturing Warmbier. Trump and Kim even directly referenced the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, which contained a weak commitment to denuclearization and no specifics on how to achieve it.
“His parents are good friends of mine”.
“Looking at the two leaders shaking hands, I thought”. Something happened from that day. “I think it’s gonna be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt”. I told this to his parents. When asked to elaborate, he said: “I learnt he’s a very talented man. This is going to lead to more and more and more. and it’s an honour to be with you”.
As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before US sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.
After that meeting, the two leaders held talks with their top aides. “Very, very good. Good relationship”. Just months ago the two were trading threats of nuclear war and calling each other “fat” and a “dotard”. But he said Trudeau’s comments will cost Canada “a lot”.
The leaders met Tuesday for a historic summit that Trump had touted in recent weeks as a chance for the pair to get to know one another.
Trump, speaking after his historic summit meeting with Kim in Singapore, said both leaders were “prepared to start a new history and write a new chapter between our nations”.
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“We’re going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world”, the US President said.
“I want to get our soldiers out”.