Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump sees 'new future' for North Korea, but path unclear

Trump sees 'new future' for North Korea, but path unclear

Before getting on a plane headed back to the U.S., Trump held an hour-long press conference with the gathered worldwide media, describing his hopes for the impact of the summit.

The video was created by the White House's National Security Council to "help the president demonstrate the benefits of complete denuclearisation, and a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula", White House spokesman Garrett Marquis said.

Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he got little and gave away much in his push to make a deal with the young autocrat - including an agreement to halt United States military exercises with South Korea. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency. "People thought this could never take place". He said the North Korean leader understands that "there will be in-depth verification" of nuclear commitments in any deal with the U.S.

Hours before the meeting, Trump had seemed more cautious in a Twitter post: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly..."

On Monday, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that there had been no discussions on future withdrawals of USA troops from Korea. That leads to further concerns that Trump may make further frivolous concessions in a bid to gain quick results simply out of political motives. "When Trump realized there wasn't going to be anything substantial in return, it was impossible for him to back out because he had already gone too far".

He also said that before he took office a year ago, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he trusts Kim, but that North Korea's denuclearization process will be thoroughly vetted and that the U.S. In his media briefing in Singapore on Tuesday, Trump mentioned ending the drills, which he described - in language similar to that used by North Korea - as "provocative", saying it would save the the US money.

The US stations about 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbour, which invaded it in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force.

After the handshake, Mr Trump was asked how he was feeling about the meeting while sitting next to Kim Jong Un. He said cancellation of the drills "is really a bad idea. and [Trump] betrayed our people".

"That's true", replied Mr Trump. Trump later interacted with media persons from across the world covering the event.


While the USA has yet to confirm the contents of the reports, they suggest that the two leaders reached more verbal agreements than they put on paper, and made public.

Trump said he also agreed to destroy a missile engine test site.

He later lashed out at media coverage of his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un, some of which has raised questions about how much was gained during the meeting in Singapore.

News of the summit itself had not yet been reported in the North as of late Tuesday night.

Pyongyang in return "commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim.

Trump also praised himself for backing a woman who won a Republican primary Tuesday in SC, defeating a Trump critic.

Ms Hanham also said the United States and North Korea "still don't agree on what "de-nuclearisation" means".

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money".

Bong Youngshik, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University, said it's too early to predict how Trump's cancellation of the military drills will play out in future nuclear negotiations.

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