President Donald Trump made history Tuesday in Singapore as the first American president to meet face-to-face with a leader of North Korea since the Kim dynasty sprouted on the peninsula roughly seven decades ago.
With both Trump and Kim now having exchanged invitations to each other's countries, the United States president sees a promising personal relationship with his North Korean counterpart as the key to further progress.
"I am willing to do a lot of things to get [Kim] to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program".
Trump was defending the wording of a joint statement between the leaders that offered only vague aspirations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while saying that Kim has genuine interest to relinquish his nuclear program.
Addressing the media briefly after their handshake Trump said while sitting next to Kim: "It's my honor - we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt".More news: American toddlers consume way too much added sugar, says study
"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".
Geng Shuang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman, told reporters on Wednesday: "North Korea has stopped its nuclear tests, and the US and South Korea are practising self-constraint on their military exercises. No longer - sleep well tonight!" There are even some kind words for Trump himself. The remains are going to come back.
"I have no idea" whether Trump secured anything of substance, Senator Corker, the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said. "That will take a while".
That evening, Abe talked with Trump by phone for about 30 minutes.
The two clasped hands for a long while Tuesday as they posed for photos in front of a row of U.S. and North Korean flags.
Trump's comment that the threat was now over was unlikely to provide relief to Japan and South Korea, both home to large USA military presences, as both expressed concerns over his decision to halt the military exercises, which Pyongyang has long claimed are preparations for an invasion.More news: Trump Suggests Singapore Summit Ended North Korea Nuclear Threat
Trump announced Tuesday at a news conference in Singapore that he and Kim had reached an agreement on North Korea's denuclearization, although the text of that agreement was light on details, including a timeline for that process and how verification would work. I don't think they are recording it.
US soldiers stand guard near a U.S. F-22 stealth fighter at the Osan Air Base on February 17, 2016 in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Pompeo was slated to fly on to Beijing later Thursday.
The reports hailed Kim for "steering the geopolitical situations surrounding the Korean Peninsula and opening a new chapter in relations between North Korea and the US with energetic external activities".
Mr Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.More news: Geraint Thomas survives late scare to win Criterium du Dauphine