President Donald Trump said he trusts Kim Jong Un and that he has received the same trust in return following a historic sit-down with the North Korean leader. "I think he's going to start now", he said.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a statement Tuesday promoting "mutual confidence building" to "promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". North Korea also insists that the US troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North.
Discussing his relationship with Kim, Rodman said the North Korea dictator was "more like a big kid" who "loves to have a good time". He added that he hoped to withdraw USA troops from South Korea at some point - further undermining the long alliance.
While most quickly heaped praise on Mr. Trump for even making the summit happen, a feeling of guarded skepticism spread during the hours following the meeting in Singapore.
And they also agreed to work together to recover "POW/MIA remains", presumably American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
"However we think that it is crucial to pursue various solutions for better dialogue". While specific details were not included in the document, the president told reporters afterwards that Washington will be freezing US and South Korean military "war games" while negotiations with Pyongyang play out.
Moon has made great efforts playing the role of mediator to bring the cold war foes back to dialogue.
But if the president is wrong, he may never admit it.
Trump also stressed that he believes he has "helped" the estimated 120,000 people in North Korean prison camps by starting the process of potentially normalizing relations with Pyongyang. Kim didn't confirm and extend a moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles; he didn't say he'd detail his arsenals or open them to inspection. -North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12.
If implemented, the halting of the joint military exercises would be one of the most controversial moves to come from the summit.
The historic first meeting between a sitting USA president and and North Korea's leader will take place Tuesday at 9 a.m. when Trump and Kin will meet alone with only translators in the room.
"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun, one moment, one choice, what if?" Trump also may have endangered USA allies in the region, since any attempt by US officials to correct the course he's set could provide North Korea with a convenient excuse to withdraw from the negotiation process ― and blame the US for the diplomatic collapse.