AP Analysis: Kim Jong Un got lots to brag about from summit

Merkley Trump Kim summit a'colossal disappointment

Merkley Trump Kim summit a'colossal disappointment

Who was the victor at the Trump-Kim summit?

President Donald Trump jokingly asked reporters to make him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un look "nice, handsome, and thin". There was plenty of talk of "historic first steps", in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's words, but concern over how the yet-to-be negotiated verification details will turn out. Along the way, Trump tossed out pronouncements on USA alliances, human rights, and the nature of the accord that he and Kim had signed.

Kim's commitment to denuclearize was included in a document signed after the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. He pointed to a "freeze for freeze" happening between the US and North Korea to illustrate the point.

The drills - often called "war games" - are held in South Korea with local forces and U.S. soldiers stationed there. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. America's friends, Japan and South Korea, didn't do so well. He was not talking about fire and fury, at least - but the president should not have used those threats of war in the first place when a strategy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick would have been more effective and gained far more support among US allies and in Congress. U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Tuesday it was unaware of any policy change.

Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal on May 8.

While Trump may be eager to kickstart North Korea's tourism board, his own State Department recommends against travel to North Korea.

"Our ultimate objective is to bring North Korea out of the hermit kingdom that it has been for many decades and make sure that they abide by worldwide norms, whether it is nuclear non-proliferation or universal human rights".

However, the New Yorker noted that the brief agreement didn't meet standards previously sought by the US, in that North Korea's end of the bargain did not include that their denuclearization would be verifiable or irreversible. 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.

"Today I assured his dad, as the president said two days ago, their beloved son, Otto Warmbier, will not have died in vain", Pence said. The U.S. president brushed off questions about his public embrace of the autocrat whose people have been oppressed for decades.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanked Trump for raising the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea.

Trump and Kim met on Tuesday for a historic diplomatic summit. The language in the joint statement was weaker than in previous agreements - the very significant difference being that the North is now much further advanced in its nuclear programme. "Think of it from the real estate perspective".

After a one-on-one meeting, followed by wider talks with advisers and a working lunch, they presented their agreement. Toward the end of the meeting.

The Twitter exchange came as Kim and Trump arrived in Singapore for the early Tuesday morning meeting. "I think that we have the start of an wonderful deal". The Singapore summit proved a landmark victory for both.

Lewis agreed that Trump had ignored the "serious" problem of human rights violations in his rush for a deal, but said the much greater danger ahead is how Trump will react if he comes to realize that Kim is just playing him along.

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