Kim summit raises new questions over South Korean role

Trump says he will stop 'war games' with South Korea

Trump says he will stop 'war games' with South Korea

Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim, including a plan for the leaders to kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a USA official said.

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 USA president. A quick answer: Probably not.

In agreeing to the summit, Mr Trump risked granting Mr Kim his long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North's nuclear programme.

"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 whole negotiations lasted some 24 hours, as Trump revealed later in the interviews.

Donald Trump promised the "world will see a major change" when Kim Jong-un committed to "complete denuclearisation" during their historic summit.

Trump put his hand out first, followed by Kim as they strode toward each other. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea". The autocrat left his hotel and took a tour of some popular night spots, surrounded by a horde of security officials and breathlessly carried on live television, with people watching a leader who rarely leaves his home, much less goes out in public. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous US statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea".

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and USA forces in Korea off guard.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued.

The meeting was the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

After their lunch, the two men took a walk past reporters and Trump said that they were headed to "a signing", giving little details about the document itself. President Trump claimed that North Korea "has great potential for the future".

The POTUS' remarks came as a big surprise to South Korea, which said on Tuesday that Washington has not reached out to them to discuss halting the military drills.

"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., also mocked Trump, writing: "One trip and it's 'mission accomplished, ' Mr. President?"

A presidential spokesman, in a cautious response, said Seoul needed to understand "the exact meaning and intention" of Trump's remarks.

It made no reference to other weapons capabilities, including the missiles that North Korea has fired over Japan. It's illegal to show the North Korean flag in the South.

US Forces Korea said it had received no new instructions about its scheduled training exercises, including this summer's Ulchi Freedom Guardian.

Pyongyang in return "commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

Trump also praised himself for backing a woman who won a Republican primary Tuesday in SC, defeating a Trump critic.

Mr Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.

North Korea also was no longer the United States' "biggest and most risky problem", he added.

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