Asian leaders express cautious hopes for peace from Trump-Kim summit

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The United States is hoping for "major, major disarmament" by North Korea within 2 1/2 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, the day after President Donald Trump signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for the end to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Mr Trump showed the fake film trailer to Kim, which focused on "two men, two leaders, one destiny", during their historic summit in Singapore in which the U.S. president declared America was "prepared to start new history" and "end war games" with the hermit nation. A quick answer: Probably not.

The amendment was introduced following Trump's announcement Tuesday that the US would cease its joint military drills with South Korea as long as talks with North Korea are ongoing.

The Singapore summit set out broad goals to be met in the coming months while the Iran deal, signed by President Barack Obama in 2015 and approved by seven nations, was an imperfect end to 18 months of negotiations, they say.

Trump hailed the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done. The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty, leaving the two sides in a technical state of war.


But conservatives in South Korea slammed the summit, saying it failed to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

"I support this as a first step to the comprehensive resolution of issues concerning North Korea".

That would go against what the Trump administration has said so far. "When Trump realized there wasn't going to be anything substantial in return, it was impossible for him to back out because he had already gone too far".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted.

"Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war", Cha wrote in The New York Times in the immediate aftermath of the summit.


The Singapore agreement does not detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the US and the North continue. "We are working with South Korea, Japan, China to a lesser extent".

"While I am glad the president and Kim Jong Un were able to meet, it is hard to determine what of concrete nature has occurred", said Sen. He said cancellation of the drills "is really a bad idea. and [Trump] betrayed our people". Major events, like the 2018 Olympics in which North Korea sent a delegation of athletes, cheerleaders, and high-ranking officials, also faced near complete media censorship.

Only hours after Kim made a surprise appearance visiting popular tourist attractions in Singapore on Tuesday night, and posing for what is believed to be Kim's first public selfie, North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper splashed 14 photos of the reclusive leader's travels across its front page.

The 75-year-old grandmother usually takes to the air for major announcements, including ebulliently reporting the news of North Korea's sixth and largest nuclear test last September.

Last year, about 50,000 South Korean and 17,500 US troops participated in Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, billed as the world's largest command-and-control exercise and aimed at defending against a North Korean attack.


After successful cooperation at the Olympics, Jae-in sent special envoys to North Korea who later traveled to Washington with Kim's proposal for a summit with Trump.

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