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[US-NK Summit] North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance

[US-NK Summit] North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance

The news on television and the front page of the ruling Workers' Party newspaper was something North Koreans never would have imagined just months ago - their leader Kim Jong Un warmly shaking hands with President Donald Trump.

"If it was a Democratic president he or she would have been heavily criticized for just sitting down with Kim Jong Un". DPRK is the abbreviation for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"Last night's summit was decades in the making", she said, adding that North Korea's historical experience with the U.S. led it to the realization that "the only way it could achieve fundamental resolution of its conflict with the United States, meaning ending the Korean War, it had to bring the leader of the United States to the table.

Best case scenario is the two sides start talking, North Korea decides the U.S.is no longer a threat and scales back its arsenal.

On Wednesday North Korean state media said that in addition to suspending joint military drills, Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North Korea. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote.

News of the decision to halt the drills stoked concern in Japan, with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera calling joint exercises and the us military presence in South Korea "vital" to East Asian security. No details of what those steps would be were given. "We are at war".

Trump said he believes that Kim will "immediately" begin dismantling his nuclear complexes when he arrives back in Pyongyang. Not only was there no mention of verification and inspection, but the two sides didn't establish what denuclearization means.

Kim's night tour of Singapore on the eve of the summit got an even brighter spotlight in the North Korean media, which aired video of him being received like a rock star by crowds of onlookers.

The US has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills. At his news conference, Trump said the war games were expensive, provocative and inappropriate.




"So that's good for a number of reasons, in addition to which we save a tremendous amount of money", Mr Trump said.

Media captionTrump Kim summit: Win-win, or a Kim win? That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

"We don't know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said, adding that the Trump-Kim agreement is nothing more than a "few sentences on a sheet of paper" that were "very aspirational".

Graphologist Koo Bon-jin said Mr Kim's signature suggested an ambitious man who is "intuitive, rather than rational and logical". How will this rapprochement affect ordinary North Koreans? Otto did not die in vain.

That doesn't seem to pin the North down to the concrete and unilateral measures Trump said he would demand going into the talks.

Trump's Twitter storyline, however, went like this: "Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".

"Kim Jong-un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", the report said.

"The liberals want you to think that Trump is in over his head, but the president is not out of his depth", Klepper said.

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