Korean paper quick to carry many photos of Kim's Singapore trip

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

Score one for China, America's rival.

U.S. President Donald Trump agreed that denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would require a step-by-step approach and made a number of other concessions, North Korean state media reported on Wednesday after his historic meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.

Shortly after Trump's presser, a spokesperson from South Korea's Blue House (its executive branch of government) said that "the meaning and intention" of the United States president's remarks regarding the war games "require more clear understanding".

The US has long held the view that North Korea's illegitimate military activities can't be traded away for its right to do legitimate military activities.

Trump downplayed Beijing's role in the denuclearization process.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"I think he loved it", the president said.

The White House said the daylong summit would also include a working lunch and a larger meeting involving aides to both leaders.

"No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research!"

In Wednesday's KCNA report, Kim Jong Un said that if the US side took "genuine measures for building trust", North Korea would continue to take "additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them".

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He instead suggested Trump's comment about suspending military exercises was "part of the negotiating".

Wednesday's report also said that the summit would help "in making a radical switchover in the most hostile DPRK-U.S. relations" that had "lingered for the longest period on the earth". The plan outlined in the two leaders' joint statement turns out to be exactly what Beijing wants.

Trump has said repeatedly that Tuesday's summit was only the start of a process and that the US would not ease up pressure on the North - including a crippling sanctions regime - until its goal of North Korea's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" is reached.

Trump later extolled the North Korea leader on Twitter, writing that "there is no limit to what NoKo can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world". That marked a significant walk-back from previous statements by US officials, who had said they wanted a quick process and a significant show of good will from the North.

South Korea, meanwhile, appeared to have been blindsided by Trump's change of heart on war games.

"So many people have talked to me about it", Trump told reporters. Trump, it added, had expressed his "understanding" of the stance and had conveyed "his intention to halt" the exercises. At the same time, the spokesman didn't condemn the decision, and Seoul has repeatedly pressed for a cautious approach to North Korea rather than the hasty agreement that Trump and Pompeo had originally pursued.

"If the goal is to begin to unravel the U.S. -Japan and U.S". He said the U.S. is working on the issue with South Korea, and Japan-as well as with China, but "to a lesser extent".

"North Korea is a small and weak country surrounded by big powers and that has made North Koreans paranoid about their own national security and develop nuclear weapons, " said Yoon, speaking on Bloomberg Television.

Trump rejected the idea that the USA was the loser in the talks.

"We understand what the United States and its allies mean". He spoke before Trump and Wang announced the US was suspending the military drills. "China of course supports it".

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