USA politicians not yet toasting Trump-Kim summit

USA politicians not yet toasting Trump-Kim summit

The meeting was the first time a sitting USA president has met North Korea's leader, and caps a remarkable turnaround for the two.

But, though his meeting on Singapore's Sentosa Island was with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea also played a large part in what happened.

"I may be wrong, I mean I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey I was wrong, '" Trump said at a press conference after his historic meeting with Kim.

"We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family", they said. "The complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as enshrined in U.S. law and multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, must be the only goal of USA engagement with North Korea". "We told them that we were totally resolved, Democrats, Republicans, legislative body, administrative body, we were totally behind the president regarding total denuclearization".

And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed USA presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.

Kim Jong-un went with a plan, gave little and left with plenty: bolstered status and diplomatic leverage, lavish praise from the US president, the promise of an end to US-South Korean military drills - and, surely, a growing confidence that North Korea is doing well at this game.

The US president said he had, and did not retract his description of Mr Kim as "talented".

"You saw the tape today", Trump said.

The Singapore summit was truly historic in more ways than one.

Largely positive. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who held his own meeting with Mr Kim earlier this year, said the "two Koreas and USA will write new history of peace and co-operation".

Trump put his hand out first, followed by Kim as they strode toward each other.

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When Trump and Kim met, it began with a handshake. By the end of the year, Kim claimed - and the Pentagon acknowledged - that North Korea might have the capacity to strike the USA with a nuclear tipped inter-continental ballistic missile. How, then, will discuss human rights between the DPRK and U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo?

The video shows the benefits of the Hermit Kingdom moving from isolation to the prosperous, high-tech modern world, juxtaposed with an alternative, a montage of American war planes and missiles attacking North Korean cities. "The economy of South Korea didn't pass the North until the early '70s".

The U.N. chief said experts from the IAEA could help verify that North Korea has indeed scrapped its nuclear program, if the parties request their assistance.

Just what results this short meeting will have on the future of the world, we'll have to wait and see.

"When I heard the news that there was a meaningful agreement between the two summits in their first meeting, I deeply thanked God to remember our prayers for reconciliation and union of the Korean people", Cardinal Yeom said in his homily.

China, the Norths biggest patron, called the summit a success that should clear the way to easing sanctions, but many world leaders were more cautious in their optimism, underscoring instead the value of sustained diplomacy.

Moon had pledged during his 2017 campaign to take the "driver's seat" to revive the "sunshine policy" opening to North Korea and to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade global inspections.

Trump, reiterating his trust of Kim, said: "I do trust him, yeah".

Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in prayer June 10, expressing hopes the summit would lead to lasting peace.

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