In the joint statement between the two, however, Mr. Kim reaffirmed a previous commitment to denuclearization of the entire Korean peninsula and help in returning the remains of US servicemen still missing from the Korean War.
Pyongyang also reaffirmed its commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, while the USA pledged to provide security guarantees. -North Korea summit and President Trump's trade negotiation strategy in China.
As talks continue, we can only hope that Trump realizes that any meaningful peace will have to address the human rights outrages that prop up his new negotiating partner.
Mr Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Mr Kim, and would "absolutely" invite him to Washington.More news: Why the end of net neutrality might look good ... at first
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Trump indicated that Kim - who presides over one of the most closed societies on earth - has agreed to allow global inspectors verify the denuclearization process.
"In North Korea there is no freedom of speech", he said.
"[The] Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth", the country said in a statement.
Asked if he had a message for the North Korean people, Trump said, "I think you have somebody that has a great feeling for them".
But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint US and South Korean military exercises in exchange for a continued freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile testing, accompanied by no concrete North Korean commitment to freeze further development of its nuclear and missile programs". In response to multiple questions about Kim's human rights record, Trump allowed no criticism of the Asian dictator and even affirmed Kim's propaganda-fueled image of his own heroic leadership. North Korean and USA journalists argued and elbowed one another for almost 20 minutes jostling for position to capture the moment when Trump and Kim entered the room. Song said his "lifelong dream" is to one day return to a changed North Korea and mount an exhibition to "show [his] fellow citizens [proof of] freedom of expression".