The statement signed Tuesday by Trump and Kim - after the first meeting between sitting leaders of the two countries ever - was thin on detail aside from repeating North Korea's promise to move toward "complete denuclearization" and Trump's promise of a security guarantee. Yet he also acknowledged that disarmament would not come quickly.
"Disconcerting to say the lease to see POTUS shaking hands with the thug Kim Jong Un and saying he's 'honored.' Will only be worth it if Mike Pompeo is right about what he sensed in his NK meetings", he said. "You know, he can have a membership at Trump National", Graham said on CBS, referring to Trump's golf course. "That's going to start very soon". This would involve the global community compensating Pyongyang for every step it takes on the road to abandoning the programme, rather than waiting until after complete denuclearisation to give North Korea economic rewards. Trump grounded his optimism in his own confidence that he can read an adversary and that his gamble of attempting personal rapport with an autocrat would pay off.
But ordinary North Koreans are not confident improvement in US-North Korea relations will last long, defectors have said.
Kim, in turn, got at least one major benefit upfront.
Joint U.S. and South Korea military exercises occur regularly on the Korean Peninsula and have long angered North Korea, with Mr. Kim - like his father and grandfather before him - having called the drills a preparation for invasion of the North and seized on them as an impetus for hurling threats at Washington and Seoul.
"I said, I have something to say from North Korea".
Speaking from the Senate floor on Tuesday, Schumer lamented that Trump had granted "a brutal and repressive dictatorship the worldwide legitimacy it has long craved".
Other analysts said it was still too early to judge whether Kim really had what it took to succeed in leading North Korea into the global community as a normal state.
The unprecedented encounter in Singapore Tuesday saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. The US had sided with South Korea in the conflict. Col. Jennifer Lovett, a spokeswoman, said the command "has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises". "But that goal is just as far off today as it was yesterday", Price said. They probably now believe, correctly, that Trump used tough talk to bring Kim to the table.
He and his entourage visited the Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, ascending to the 57th floor for a bird's-eye view of the nightscape. Trump added that Kim told him separately that North Korea had dismantled a missile engine test site.
"The past doesn't have to be the future", a narrator says as the video showed the demilitarised zone that has separated North and South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
Setting out the United States position before the summit, Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation of the North.
"I'll do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place", the president responded.
Trump also said that he would be willing to invite Kim to visit the White House following this first meeting.
Stephanopoulos snared the first TV-news interview between President Trump and an outlet other than Fox News since NBC News' Lester Holt sat down with the President in May of past year.