North Korean state media hails Kim-Trump summit success

A Pentagon spokesman said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was "not surprised" by Trump's concession ending the military exercises and had been consulted, including discussions with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

That statement, which Trump touted as "very comprehensive", was scant on details, including specific actions and a timeline for the North relinquishing its nuclear arsenal.

On human rights, Trump said Tuesday's meetings only very briefly touched on the topic but that the two sides would discuss it more in the future.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he wants Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to brief senators on the substance of what the two nations discussed, including whether US troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula would remain. "It is hard to determine what of concrete nature has occurred, " said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, in a puzzled response to the summit. "At a certain point, I actually look forward to taking them off".

"Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the U.S.", the state KCNA news agency said.

Wednesday's report also said that the summit would help "in making a radical switchover in the most hostile DPRK-U.S. relations" that had "lingered for the longest period on the earth".

The U.S. president had said in a press conference on Tuesday he would like to lift sanctions against North Korea but it would not happen immediately.

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But he said that was no longer the case, and everyone can "sleep well tonight". Ri is best remembered outside North Korea for her emotional deliveries of the deaths of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather.

In Pyongyang, the North Korean autocrat woke up to state media's enthusiastic claims of a victorious meeting with the US President; photos of him standing side-by-side with Trump on the world stage were splashed across newspapers. -South Korea military exercises while talks with the North were continuing.

Mr Trump also unexpectedly announced United States would not hold war games with South Korea while North Korea negotiated in good faith on denuclearisation. "My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive". But we'll probably need another one, ' he said. "I think they will be continued for a while".

How will this change relations between the US and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops? He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

"Only five months ago, based on my conversations with this administration, I thought we were headed down an inexorable path toward a devastating war", Victor Cha, who was considered for the role of U.S. ambassador to South Korea for nearly a year by the Trump administration before being passed over, wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday.

North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore and they had access to Kim that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world. But South Korean President Moon Jae-in played a key role in opening the dialogue and getting things back on track after Trump cancelled the meeting last month. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks. They've been there a long time.

Rather than a game-changer, this was more of a breakthrough in how the USA and North Korea talk to each other.


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