"Greatest achievement" of summit was trust-building between Kim, Trump: Seoul

"Greatest achievement" of summit was trust-building between Kim, Trump: Seoul

Their signed commitment reaffirms an agreement struck between the leaders of North and South Korea. Perhaps Trump wasn't the one people expected to be making peace, but Americans think this is the best strategy to take.

Trump and Kim's joint pledge to work toward "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" was widely interpreted as failing to convince North Korea to accept Washington's definition that calls for Pyongyang to get rid of its arsenal.

Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said the summit "must be followed by multiple meetings to test North Korea's promises of denuclearization, which they have made in the past and then repeatedly violated".

The lone dissenting voice on the show was co-host Jessica Tarlov, who called it a missed opportunity that Trump didn't forcefully bring up North Korea's horrific human rights abuses. I believe he is happy we made this progress.

"India welcomes the US - DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Summit held in Singapore".

"I have always opposed "freeze for freeze", because it equates the US-ROK exercises (stabilising, legal) with North Korea testing (destabilising, illegal)", Abraham M. Denmark, director of the Asia Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, tweeted.

But Chung said that China would not be left out.

But analysts warned there were still big challenges ahead, especially since the two sides failed to reach any specific agreement on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons - a threat on China's doorstep.

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump pledged to stop conducting United States "war games" with South Korea on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump insisted at a post-summit news conference that this was the start of a process and that sanctions would remain in place until Kim takes concrete steps toward denuclearisation.

"The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions", Geng told a daily news briefing.

Joseph Yun, the State Department's former North Korea negotiator who resigned earlier this year, expressed concern about a "slippery slope" where Pyongyang would soon say "you're my friend ..."

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