Trump Kim summit: U.S. president lauds deal despite scepticism

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un participate in a signing ceremony Tuesday during a meeting in Singapore

The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the USA would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un understands that denuclearization must happen "quickly", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, June 14, warning there will be no sanctions relief for Pyongyang until the process is complete. In Beijing on Thursday, Pompeo said that the US "wants a very constructive relationship with China" while Wang urged the make a "wise choice" on proposed tariffs.

Joseph Essertier: I think it's good to see there's a dialogue going on now between the governments of the U.S. and North Korea but unfortunately there is still little dialogue on a grassroots level between Americans and North Koreans because the country is in a state of war and has been continuously since the 1930's.

Trump has been criticized for already announcing the halting of "war games", or military exercises, with South Korea, a move long sought by Pyongyang.

Trump's tweet frames the USA suspending war games, seen as a massive win for both China and North Korea in the negotiations, as a thrifty move from the US.

Today, the Kremlin publicly congratulated itself for supporting the Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore, Reuters reported.

The meeting was the first time a sitting United States president has met North Korea's leader.

"'He's a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other", the United States president said.

Pompeo will then travel to Beijing, North Korea's main diplomatic ally.

Also on Thursday, North and South Korea held their first military talks in more than a decade.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday conceded that he could end up being wrong about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's pledge to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula - but said he'd probably never acknowledge it and would most likely find "some kind of an excuse" if it came to that.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Seoul, said that the meeting was an opportunity for the three countries "to show that they are in the same page" when it comes to the issue of North Korea and denuclearisation.

Japanese officials are planning to unofficially consult with North Korean officials during a two-day worldwide conference in Mongolia through Friday. The presidential center of the former Republican president George W Bush has been tweeting about North Korea's abuses, giving a clear indication of how he views the matter.

South Korea's Blue House offered cautious assent to Trump's controversial statement Wednesday that the US would halt "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, saying the suspension of joint military drills may be necessary to assist in denuclearization talks, according to Yonhap news agency. -South Korean war games, without getting much in return.

The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit.

Yes, in fact U.S. President Donald Trump, ... even before landing in his home country, ... tweeted about the summit with his North Korean counterpart this morning.

"We welcome the outcomes", the defense spokesman said.

During an interview with Bill O'Reilly past year, Trump said that he respected Putin.



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