Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North hails 'radical switchover'

Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North hails 'radical switchover'

Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North hails 'radical switchover'

At the end of the historic summit, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement to put in writing the commitment to a denuclearized and peaceful Korean Peninsula.

However, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Tuesday in a prepared statement that "the Department of Defense welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit and fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically led efforts with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

"As expected, the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un produced photo ops and statements of goodwill, but is only the first step in a long road of negotiations", said Chris Zaccarelli of Independent Advisor Alliance, a Charlotte-based firm.

Asked about the issue - the crux of the summit - Trump said "we're starting that process" which would begin "very, very quickly", but gave no concrete details.

He added, "While Mr. Trump provides the background, I want [the government] to win a firm commitment from North Korea that a Japan-North Korea summit meeting will be held".

The reported agreement, if confirmed by the United States, could be considered as a concession by Trump because US officials had called for the North to take swift disarmament measures before getting major outside concessions and benefits. Lest you think it's an unprecedented move, the US had actually cancelled military exercises with South Korea in the 1990s in a failed attempt to get the North Koreans to denuclearize.

About 37,000 U.S. troops died, with 5,300 still unaccounted for in North Korea.

The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries.

The Associated Presslabeled this agreement "the most tangible outcome" of the summit, noting that about 7,800 USA troops remain unaccounted for since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

In fact MNSBC's Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough took to Twitter to express that he did have "many concerns" about the so-called "Shotgun Summit", but he also noted that he thought a handshake between the two leaders was "far preferable to them making war".

Kim and Trump invited each other to their respective countries and both leaders "gladly accepted", KCNA reported.

Quite a bit, compared to the U.S.

Regarding Trump's remarks, Nam Gwan-pyo, a deputy director of Seoul's presidential National Security Office, said that there is "no change at all" regarding the exercise issue. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. "We have done these exercises for years with the South Koreans and so I would just ask the president, why do we need to suspend them?"

In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime's status quo.

But Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel and fellow at the Defense Priorities military think tank, said suspending the drills would have no short-term impact on US and South Korean military readiness.

"We have a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind and we are about to sign a historic document", Kim said.

Mr. Nobakht's comments on Washington's lack of commitment were a far cry from the message of unity and cooperation coming from recent talks in Singapore between the USA and North Korea.

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