Trump says he will halt Korea war games

Lewis Collier
June 13, 2018

President Trump calls North Korea leader Kim Jong Un "talented" and says he "loves his country" following a nuclear summit in Singapore.

More broadly, Mr. Yun said he was "quite surprised" at the lack of a more specific commitment on denuclearization from the North Korean side. Trump grasped Kim's right arm as they shook, and then, later, took hold of Kim's left arm as they turned to face the cameras and the world, both their expressions momentarily deadening before they turned to face each other again, and smiled.

Openly wiping away tears from beneath a large pair of black sunglasses, Rodman, who arrived in Singapore overnight, appeared overcome with emotion during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday, as Kim and Trump prepared to sit down for talks in the Asian city-state.

Geng dismissed accusations from Trump that Beijing has been easing up on the sanctions, saying it is following United Nations sanctions "comprehensively, accurately and strictly".

But there was no mentioning the previous USA aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

The agreement's language on North Korea's nuclear program was similar to what the leaders of North and South Korea came up with at their own summit in April.

The two released the statement shortly after Trump's historic meeting with the North Korean leader concluded.

The 1994 deal included detailed commitments from North Korea to close plutonium-producing nuclear reactors and secure spent fuel rods, so they couldn't be turned into weapons grade fuel.

"He trusts me, I believe, I really do", Trump said of Kim.

"We had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document", Kim said through a translator.

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And let's not forget to thank Dennis Rodman, who, five years ago, tried to tell President Obama that Kim Jong-un was open to talking. The former refers to dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapon capability, while the latter can include the eventual elimination of the USA nuclear umbrella on the Korean Peninsula.

In his annual New Year speech in January, Kim told his countrymen that the generations-long effort to construct a nuclear deterrent was complete, meaning his government could focus full time on developing the economy.

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 US presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.

"The world will see a major change", he continued through a translator.

Perhaps most importantly, Trump did not succeed in getting Kim to clarify his definition of "denuclearization".

"Kim Ju-song interpreted for Kim Yong-chol when he met with Central Intelligence Agency officials", a source said.

The US would suspend "provocative" war games it holds with South Korea. The longtime property developer-turned-politician later mused about the potential value of condos on the country's beachfront real estate. The best we can say is that this summit did bring the world back from the brink of another war on the Korean Peninsula. "But the President said he expected immediate action as a result of the talks".

Trump's scorecard is far more mixed.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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