FG lauds outcome of Kim, Trump historic summit

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

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.

"President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S. -DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula", the leaders said in a joint statement. KCNA said Kim and Trump accepted mutual invitations for visits to North Korea and the United States.

Other congressional Democrats stopped short of Khanna's position but nonetheless declined to really dig into Trump over the North Korea summit. It's going to start very quickly. "It's a win for Kim Jong Un", Moon said.

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 worldwide community as a normal state. What should we take away from this historic moment?

"After the luncheon, the top leaders had a walk, deepening friendly feelings", the KCNA reported, calling the summit an "epoch-making meeting".

The KCNA news agency says Mr Trump made the promise after pledging to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

"I don't think you can be any more plain than what we're asking", he said.

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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.

He also said he wanted to bring USA troops home - although he did not specify a timeframe.

A better line of criticism, the congressman argued, would be to demand to know why Trump considers diplomacy appropriate for North Korea but tore up the Iran nuclear agreement and has advocated more bellicose approaches in other Middle Eastern nations as well.

Mr Trump said scrapping them will save a "tremendous amount of money", but he added that they could be reinstated if co-operation from the North declines.

Trump came away clearly buoyed by the interactions with the leader of a brutal regime whom the president referred to derisively previous year as "Little Rocket Man". The US had sided with South Korea in the conflict. Neither the USA nor the South Korean government would confirm that the Trump administration warned President Moon Jae-in ahead of time about the decision to suspend exercises.

In the aftermath of the Singapore summit, the anti-Trump talking point is that Trump accomplished nothing of outcome. "The United States and North Korea have been in a state of antagonism for more than half a century", China's foreign minister told reporters in Beijing after the Trump-Kim summit. "I showed it to him today, actually during the meeting, toward the end of the meeting and I think he loved it", Trump said during a news conference. S., People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Singapore.

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