Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

North Korean leader Kim secured a huge win just by standing on the world stage as a coequal with President Trump and by getting a concrete concession from the end military exercises in South Korea. Trump and Kim referred back to the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, which contained a weak commitment to denuclearization but no specifics on how to achieve it. It does not, for instance, include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the USA and North Korea.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Trump administration, said that "success will be judged on whether it can eliminate Kim's nuclear weapons and verify they are gone". "South Korea alliances, then this is the way to launch the process", said Evans Revere, a former USA diplomat in South Korea.

Dandong is a little more than 500 miles from Beijing, but sits extremely close to the elusive North Korea. The war ended in a stalemate in 1953, but the sides did not sign a peace treaty. "And it will", Trump said. Murphy, have been quick to point out that no long-term verification process was included in the agreement.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim - who traded vicious insults previous year - gripped each other's hands in front of United States and North Korean flags.

"I highly appreciate the fact that President Trump firmly touched upon what I told him recently about the abduction issue, which is very important to us, to Japan", Abe said.

The president said there was not enough time to delve into such granular details during such a summit. South Korea, too, will be looking for ways to begin normalizing economic relations with the North and might resist harsher measures should they be necessary.

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On the heels of his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he hopes to negotiate a "real deal" with Iran over its nuclear program after Washington's renewed, "brutal" sanctions kick in.

In Singapore on Tuesday, the president of the United States demonstrated that he has the authority to give unconditional pardons not only to felons at home, but also on the worldwide stage. "We get it done", Trump told reporters while acknowledging he'd been awake for 25 straight hours.

Gary Locke, a former US ambassador to China and past governor of Washington state, told UPI the relative absence of human rights from the joint statement is understandable in some ways. Xi's presence hung over Tuesday's talks: China's leader met twice with Kim in recent weeks and an Air China Ltd jet ferried the North Korean ruler to Singapore from Pyongyang on June 10 ahead of the summit.

Xi's pre-summit meetings with Kim helped restore ties that had been frosty since both leaders took power around the same time about six years ago.

The working lunch was the final part of the summit between Trump and Kim. Trump says the "being taken advantage of" by virtually every country in the Group of Seven wealthy nations. But he added that he hoped to speak to North Korea about the Cold War-era abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean spies.

Earlier, South Korea's Presidential Blue House said it needed "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Mr Trump's statement. "I don't know anything about that", he said. "I'll find some kind of excuse".

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