After almost five hours of talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Trump surprised reporters by stating that the US would cease military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, a longstanding goal for Pyongyang - and one that wasn't included the document the leaders signed.
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un meet at the start of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore on Tuesday.
North Korea has long criticized the joint drills as rehearsals for invasion and used them to justify the building-up of its nuclear weapons program.
Mr Trump repeatedly praised Kim's negotiating skills and their new relationship and expressed hope for "a bright new future" for Kim's impoverished nation.
Trump agreed on step-by-step denuclearisation process by North in return for U.S. concessions, the USA president was cited by North Korea's official KCNA news agency. South Korean President Moon Jae In was elected last year after the impeachment of predecessor Park Geun Hye and assumed office a little over a year prior to his own historic meeting with Kim, having campaigned on the prospect of peace.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he wants Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to brief senators on the substance of what the two nations discussed, including whether USA troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula would remain.
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Trump's signature, by contrast, indicates a more guarded personality, they said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening.
In Japan, the prospect of cancelled U.S. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.
But no rational and objective observer who followed the summit and saw Trump and Kim behaving so cordially can believe that Trump is leading the US into a nuclear war with North Korea.
Kim at one point told Trump that many people around the world would see their meeting as a kind of fantasy, as if it the event was a "science fiction movie".
Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats.
North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore and they had access to Kim that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world.
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"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Donald Trump's has appeared on the front page of North Korea's main state newspaper, the first time the overwhelming majority of the country's citizens will have seen his picture. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote.
Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable. And we can't make conceptions until we get action from North Korea.
Trump is celebrating the agreement to launch a process to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, though experts and allies are still awaiting details on the broad accord the two sides said they have reached.
North and South are also likely to renew their push towards a declaration that the 1950-53 Korean war is over, after fighting stopped in an armistice rather than a peace treaty.
North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice that Seoul's then leader refused to sign and divided the peninsula along the demilitarised zone. It also said Trump committed to unspecified "security guarantees" for Pyongyang, and to "lift sanctions against it". According to the Washington Post, North Korea's definition of "denuclearization" is different from Trump's.
"Today, we had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator. "Even under any better relationship with the US, it would be the same", Park told Reuters. The next military exercise is scheduled for August.
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Pompeo reiterated that the USA will not ease sanctions against North Korea for anything less than complete denuclearization . Some experts said Kim's city tour suggests that North Korea and the U.S. had narrowed their differences ahead of the summit.
Officials in Russian Federation have said that they feel positive about the outcome of the summit and they hope that Moscow can be involved in the negotiating process to promote peace on the Korean peninsula.