More questions than answers on Trump’s summit claims

More questions than answers on Trump’s summit claims

More questions than answers on Trump’s summit claims

Earlier on the same day, the ROK's President Moon Jae-in said the world had escaped the threat of war after this week's Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim Jong-un, top leader of the DPRK.

Russian Federation is welcoming the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement that offered few specifics but included promises of US security guarantees and a reiteration from Kim of his country's commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

North Korea and the United States should commit to avoid antagonizing each other and take legal, institutional steps to guarantee it, Kim said according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

US allies Japan and South Korea were concerned that Trump agreed to halt American military exercises with South Korea, which North Korea has long claimed were invasion preparations.

Senator Chris Van Hollen, also a Democrat, said of Trump's tweet about North Korea no longer presenting a threat: "This is truly delusional".

Critics at home said the joint statement by the two leaders was short on detail and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is charged by Trump with leading follow-on negotiations, said the U.S. hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next 2-1/2 years. 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." Sen. A senior South Korean defense ministry official said Tuesday that the South is trying to determine exactly what President Trump meant when he said that exercises would end.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea held military talks for the first time in more than a decade on Thursday in the border village of Panmunjom.

Its view was echoed by the conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party, whose leader Hong Joon-Pyo castigated the summit as a "great failure".

"And Kim Jong Un I think is probably wanting to change because he's seen the difference between South Korea and North Korea", Burgardt says.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the summit as a "positive" step, Russian news agency RIA Novosti said today.

On Wednesday the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said the suspension of war games - a surprise concession offered by the United States president on Tuesday night that caught South Korea by surprise - was not in the official declaration but "the president spoke about it in answer to a question at a press conference".

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