U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a document he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un signed following a signing ceremony during the historic summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on Tuesday. -North Korea meeting that seemed unthinkable months earlier when the two nations traded insults and nuclear threats.
THE INTERNATIONAL community has welcomed the historic US-North Korea meeting as a milestone to "full denuclearisation" that will resolve tensions over the Korean Peninsula and open a path to global peace.
His usual response when confronted with questions about North Korea's oppressive regime was that he's not a politician, but merely a man who likes Kim and seeks peace.
Trump screened the video for Kim on an iPad at their meeting in Singapore, before sharing an English version with the gathered press a short time later. Yet Trump faced pointed questions at home about whether he got little and gave away much - including an agreement to halt USA military exercises with South Korea.
Just last week, UN North Korea expert Tomas Ojea Quintana said that making sure that ending the camps was "on the table" in talks with North Korea was vital to the sustained success of any denuclearisation plan.
Meantime, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also commenting - saying he supports Trump's efforts and looks forward to getting more details. The retired basketball player has made multiple trips to North Korea since 2013. Following the summit, Trump touted one point in particular, the one that says North Korea will work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". Between handshakes, a White House invitation, and even an impromptu tour of "The Beast", the famed USA presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications, Trump sought to build a personal connection with Kim and said they have a "very good" relationship.
The drills - often called "war games" - are held in South Korea with local forces and U.S. soldiers stationed there.
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The president also revealed that he agreed to halt military exercises with South Korea, a move Murphy tells IJR makes this deal a "dream come true" for the North Korean leader.
A spokesman with Moon's office, who asked not to be identified to discuss internal deliberations, said the government was still trying to understand Trump's "exact meaning or intentions" with the military freeze. Trump called it a "very comprehensive agreement".
"If the goal is to begin to unravel the U.S. -Japan and U.S. Our forces in South Korea are stabilizing for Asia".
Trump rejected the idea that the US was the loser in the talks.
He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the U.S. was "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously". "The meeting was every bit as good for the United States as for North Korea".
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association hosting the phone briefing, said the two sides still may not be on the same page.
In return Mr Trump axed the drills with, it seems, no warning to Seoul (or even U.S. forces).