The Pentagon has reassured allies of its "ironclad" security commitments, after President Donald Trump cancelled its Korean military exercises.
"Do you now see Kim Jong Un as an equal?" asked a Time magazine correspondent.
Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in the DPRK, no detail of nuclear reduction, the peace treaty and human rights.
Kim and Trump did agree Tuesday to keep their subordinates talking, and to work together to return the remains of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action from the Korean War. The leaders also offered lofty promises, with the American president pledging to handle a "very unsafe problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world". He also appears to have talked Trump into suspending joint U.S.
China welcomed Trump's decision to stop the "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, referring to joint military exercises the USA conducts with South Korea.
In the press conference afterwards, however, Mr Trump added another announcement: the cancellation of the war games. Light on specifics, the Singapore accord largely amounts to an agreement to continue discussions, echoing previous public statements and commitments.
"The next steps in negotiations will test whether we can get to a verifiable deal", McConnell said on the Senate floor. Trump described the drills as "provocative" and "inappropriate". "It gave me a little more shine of a light as far as knowing the fact that I did something pretty, pretty historical as far as bringing awareness to North Korea and some of the issues that's over there".
That's a big concession to make, and one that caught many people by surprise.
Trump has seemed largely unconcerned about celebrating an authoritarian leader suspected of ordering the public assassination of his half-brother with a nerve agent and killing United States college student Otto Warmbier.
The North Korean account is no longer available on Twitter.
"No-one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea", Mr Trump said during his infamous "little rocket man" speech to the United Nations a year ago.
However, the New Yorker noted that the brief agreement didn't meet standards previously sought by the USA, in that North Korea's end of the bargain did not include that their denuclearization would be verifiable or irreversible.
"I think they are one of the great winners today", he said.
"If the goal is to begin to unravel the U.S. -Japan and U.S".
"I really think that Otto is someone who did not die in vain."
"We're on a path to diplomacy, rather than military confrontation, an easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, because of this historic summit, the personal connection of the two leaders", the former USA envoy to the United Nations said. The plan outlined in the two leaders' joint statement turns out to be exactly what Beijing wants.
The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. The longtime property developer-turned-politician later mused about the potential value of condos on the country's beachfront real estate.
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