Beijing also suggested that the United Nations could consider easing sanctions if North Korea fulfils its obligations under resolutions that punished Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests. On Wednesday morning, he took to Twitter to claim there was "no longer" a nuclear threat posed by the North Korean regime.
In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System firing an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile during a U.S.
The news on television and the front page of the ruling Workers' Party newspaper was something North Koreans never would have imagined just months ago - their leader Kim Jong Un warmly shaking hands with President Donald Trump. "I don't know exactly what form that will take, but I'm very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement".
In an unprecedented week for global geopolitics - during which Donald Trump praised the North Korean leader shortly after disparaging Canada's prime minister - one group of people has been particularly shocked by the USA president's upending of diplomatic norms. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" Even in cases where the US president has studied his briefing materials, unlike Trump, having others present can prevent a situation where the two nations disagree about what promises were made.
The US has continually rejected the Chinese proposal, with Trump saying in November that the plan had "consistently failed in the past", and his administration's continuously emphasizing their policy of "maximum pressure" to convince North Korea to denuclearize and negotiate with the US. "That will take a while".
Trump on Tuesday seemed fine with this, saying he thought Kim was being honest.
In a further tweet on Wednesday, President Trump hit out at criticism of his summit in some U.S. media, dubbing it "Fake News".
He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills. The likelihood of Trump launching a first strike against North Korea, thus setting South Korea, where more than 100,000 Americans live and/or work, ablaze and risking a strike against population centers in the USA, was similarly low.
The top U.S. diplomat was in South Korea to brief officials on the summit before traveling to China, where he will offer further briefings on the summit and regional issues with leaders there.
The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit. "I think nobody can doubt the extremely unique and important role China has played".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening. He met for almost an hour at the air base with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, before heading by motorcade to Seoul. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.
The leaders both signed a document vowing to follow through with the promise, though North Korea has broken similar pacts in the past. Bloomberg hosted a live chat about the Trump-Kim summit on the LINE messaging app, where people tuned in to have their questions answers by editors. The framing that he went into the summit as an equal and from a position of strength is crucial within North Korea, after enduring years of tough sanctions while it pursued its nuclear ambitions.
"Trump expressed his intention to halt the USA -south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the US, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation", the KCNA reported. He says Trump "made very clear" that the condition for the freeze was that good-faith talks continue.
Rodman first visited North Korea in 2013 when he toured the country with the Harlem Globetrotters.
There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said that the joint statement "is a crucial first move in the long journey towards lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula, which would benefit our region and the rest of the world". Defence Secretary James Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump.
How will this change relations between the USA and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops?
Most of us realize that the hysterical anti-Trump resistance has difficulty keeping its talking points straight.