With US-NKorea summit over, US envoy turns attention to ally


North Korean state media have reported that President Trump made a raft of concessions to Kim Jong Un that were not stated in the two countries' joint statement, following a first-ever meeting of the leaders in Singapore. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea". Trump wrote, claiming that television networks "are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

The head-scratching was a fitting end for a meeting marked by unpredictability.

Throughout the summit that could chart the course for historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat, both leaders expressed optimism.

But the vaguely worded document did not clearly address the North's current nuclear arsenal, estimated to be as many as 60 bombs, or its numerous shorter- and longer-range missiles, including weapons believed capable of striking much of the continental United States.

On conservative Fox News and among Mr Trump's core supporters, the president was lauded for a historic diplomatic breakthrough.

The Rodong Sinmun, the ruling Workers' Party newspaper, focused on photographs of Kim and Mr Trump shaking hands.

Trump declared he and Kim had developed "a very special bond", and Kim said the leaders had "decided to leave the past behind" and promised, "The world will see a major change".

In a separate tweet Wednesday, Trump addressed the issue, saying that the USA would "save a fortune" by not holding the "war games".

"I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Pompeo said.

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News photographers captured photos of the broad, two-page agreement, which was not immediately released by the White House.

The broad agreement was light on specifics, largely reiterating previous public statements and past commitments.

Third, North Korea reaffirms the Panumunjom Declaration signed with South Korea, and commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"I'm all for bringing troops home when North Korea no longer poses an existential threat to our friends, but that day is a long time from now - and Congress needs to have a say", Murphy added.

How did South Korea react?

Nothing like the bear hugs Mr Kim exchanged with his South Korea counterpart Moon Jae-in only weeks ago.

"Pompeo will now have to undertake the kind of arduous, multiyear negotiations with Pyongyang that former secretary of state John Kerry undertook with Tehran", Cha and Koreas expert Sue Mi Terry said in a paper for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "We are working with South Korea, Japan, China to a lesser extent". The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August. But the White House "tried to fill in the blanks", he said, and in Kimmel Live's imagining, Trump gave away a comically large number of things.

Donald Trump approached from the right, striding down the long portico at the colonial-era Singapore resort.

Republicans emerged from a meeting with vice president Mike Pence wanting more information on which exercises were on hold. "I just have to be honest with you, it's a game, it's a game, and one ought not play games with serious matters like this".

Japan has repeatedly called for the issue to be raised in discussions with Pyongyang, and Trump said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he had discussed the issue with Kim.

Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage as an equal of the US president.