Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

For world, Trump-Kim summit raises cautious hope for peace

For world, Trump-Kim summit raises cautious hope for peace

The U.S. and North Korea agreed to seek complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula following a historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, yet the accord set no deadline and left the path to disarmament undefined. "Very, very quickly", Trump said at a signing ceremony.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch. Speaking through a translator, Kim vowed: "The world will see the major change".

Not to be outdone, Kim firmly pumped Trump's hand, looking him straight in the eye for the duration, before breaking off to face the media.

But in an interview with Voice of America, Trump indicated the troops will remain for the foreseeable future and said he did not discuss the issue with Kim.

Trump will use what he says are legendary instincts to see whether Kim if bluffing, buying time or is serious. He praised Kim for entering into negotiations with the US, a longtime foe.

I learned he's a very talented man.

Kim stood silently alongside, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their meeting as a "a good prelude to peace".

Trump refers to Kim as a "madman with nuclear weapons" who could not be let to run loose.

Ri Chun-hee also talked about Kim's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. By contrast, Rodman said that he has heard from Trump's administration.

The combatants of the 1950-53 Korean War are technically still at war, as the conflict, in which millions of people died, was concluded only with a truce.

They did not smile, but moments later exchanged grins and another handshake as they stopped in a colonnade on their way to a nearby room for their first one-on-one meeting.

In comments that seemed certain to draw criticism from activists who had urged him to press Kim on human rights, Trump told VOA that Kim "loves his people, loves his country". "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy.science fiction movie".

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"We signed a very, very comprehensive document today", Trump told reporters. "Very, very good. Good relationship". He also has a height advantage over Kim.

"Donald Trump was talking in conciliatory terms, nearly submissive, but his body language was clearly saying "I am in charge here", Pease said. "I believe that won't be easy".

The dollar jumped to a 3-week top on Tuesday and Asian shares rose on the news.

As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels, and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and an Gulfstream 550 early warning aircraft circled.

Body language experts said both men tried to project dominance as they met, but also displayed signs of nerves.

After their working lunch, the two leaders strolled through the lush gardens at the summit site. That was to be followed by dark chocolate tarts, pastries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

As the cameras captured the moment, Trump quipped: "Very nice". He added, "We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", saying that "we won't do that [continue with military exercises] as long as we are negotiating in good faith".

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) walks with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

What is unclear whether the summit will lead to any type of substantive outline of an agreement in which North Korea will halt its programme and agree to denuclearise, and what kind of verification procedure it would accept.

What a difference a year makes. Trump told reporters after the summit that Kim had accepted an invitation to visit the White House, and that he would be willing to make a trip to Pyongyang at the "appropriate time".

Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit has said.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked United States allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialised economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"I hope that they are on the path to world peace".

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