U.S. and N Korean leaders to visit each other's countries


Trump announced that he will order an end to regular "war games" that the United States conducts with ally South Korea, a reference to annual joint military exercises that are an irritant to North Korea.

In a blockbusting press conference after the summit, Trump said the U.S. would halt military exercises with Seoul - something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion. Both leaders have committed to "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", but it's unclear what specific steps North Korea is willing to take to get there.

The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un was historic in that it presented a potent optic of peace and diplomacy between two leaders who'd traded nuclear threats just a year ago. "The President has raised a whole range of other issues in his press conference but I think it's too early to say that anything like suspension for suspension has occurred".

Speaking later, the prime minister struck a noticeably more upbeat tone.

Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.

The meeting was also a success from a security and optics points of view: smiles were exchanged, in-depth discussions took place between cabinet members, nobody went off script and there were no security breaches, thanks to ironclad preparations by their Singaporean hosts.

Mr Trump said the drills were "provocative" - even though the U.S. has previously defended them - and there were suggestions that United States allies in the region had not been forewarned of this move.

There was no immediate comment about the sanctions claim from the USA side. "The other approaches haven't worked".

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But that language wasn't mentioned in a joint declaration signed by Trump and Kim, and no timetable was set for North Korea to eventually give up nuclear weapons. I'm here one day.

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia.

Bishop said Australia had already offered its services with regards to denuclearisation "because we have expertise in that regard".

"North Korea seems to be highlighting this as one of Kim Jong Un's greatest feats yet and lauding itself for keeping the North Korean regime from collapsing while succeeding in shaking up the U.S".

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Onodera was quoted as saying. But peace has a cost and, given the current U.S. narrative that seeks to avoid foreign entanglement and is fed up with spending money on global commitments, it will require the United States to manage its shaky alliances if this is to be a realistic prospect. Three, a missile freeze, a nuclear test freeze.

A spokeswoman for U.S. military forces in Korea said it had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.

Kim has managed to build upon the work of his father and grandfather and secured the highest form of recognition that there is - a bilateral meeting with the president of the most powerful country on the planet.

He had been imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.