Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Kim nuclear summit praised, but big questions loom

Kim nuclear summit praised, but big questions loom

US President Donald Trump plans to depart early from his unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the White House said yesterday, declaring that nuclear talks with the North have moved "more quickly than expected".

And the handshake between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un did a little more than that.

Xi's presence hung over Tuesday's talks: China's leader met twice with Kim in recent weeks and an Air China Ltd jet ferried the North Korean ruler to Singapore from Pyongyang on June 10 ahead of the summit.

Meanwhile, the U.S. president praised the event, saying that he had gotten along with the North Korean leader.

Sen. Lindsey Graham does not have an issue with halting joint military exercises between the USA and South Korea while discussions with North Korea continue.

But Bossert, who resigned unexpectedly a day after Bolton came on board, said that despite Bolton's ill-timed reference to the Libya model, which he described as "gaffe", the national security adviser is ultimately going to play a key role in the implementation of the denuclearization agreement.

Highlighting the continued differences in the two countries' views of the denuclearization process, the report also said that they had agreed on a "step-by-step" approach.

It included commitments by North Korea to "abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, " as well as to readmit global inspectors.

The result was a nascent diplomatic breakthrough after decades of hostility, but no guarantee that North Korea would follow through. Trump grasped Kim's right arm as they shook, and then, later, took hold of Kim's left arm as they turned to face the cameras and the world, both their expressions momentarily deadening before they turned to face each other again, and smiled.

The US and South Korea suspending their military exercises in exchange for the North stopping its missile launches and nuclear tests is the exact situation China wants to see on the peninsula.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim signed a joint letter committing to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula following their historic summit in Singapore.

Trump's pledge to end joint exercises with South Korea without explicit concessions from North Korea to lower the military threat posed by Pyongyang took South Korean and US military officials by surprise.

The summit went on, however, and Trump and Kim later dined on a variety of Korean and Western dishes, including grilled Portuguese octopus, shrimp cocktail, braised cod, pork belly with fried rice and braised short rib.

Both Seoul and U.S. military commanders in the South indicated they had no idea the announcement was coming, and analysts expressed immediate concern.

KCNA reported Mr Kim as saying of the sightseeing tour that "Singapore is clean and attractive, and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future".

Mr Trump also said he "absolutely" would invite Mr Kim to the White House.

It appears to be composed nearly entirely of generic stock footage and old news clips, including images of Mr Trump and Mr Kim smiling. "And they're not ready if they can not exercises".

No official announcement has yet to be made about whether North Korea made an agreement concerning nuclear testing or research, as Trump mentioned in his tweet.

"Sanctions are a means, not an end", Geng said.

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