Prof John Stremlau on the Trump-Kim Summit


"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should". Moreover, the USA seems to have made broad concessions about stopping its military operations in South Korea - something which is being seen as a victory for the North Korean regime.

"Nato strongly supports all efforts leading towards the eventual denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", Stoltenberg said in a statement.

The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un marked a historic occasion as it was the first time that the North Korean leader left his country to meet an global counterpart since taking power in 2011.

Trump, who praised Kim and hailed the summit as a success while he was still in Singapore, said that he feels "very little" disappointment that he didn't secure a bigger commitment from Kim as part of the talks. "I don't think they're looking so much to the Mediterranean, I don't think they're looking so much at Syria like they were, with total confidence, I don't think they're so confident right now", the US President said.

In a signed statement from the two leaders, Kim reaffirmed his country's commitment to ceasing its nuclear development program, but no specific steps or benchmarks for the denuclearization process were listed in the signed statement from the two leaders.

"It was not easy to get here", Mr Kim said.

'You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle.

Since the 1970s, the United States and South Korea have held a major summertime exercise called Ulchi Freedom Guardian that involves tens of thousands of troops.

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Soon, Kim was on a plane headed home, while a clearly ebullient Trump held forth for more than an hour before the press on what he styled as a historic achievement to avert the prospect of nuclear war.

Rocky Kim, who describes the North Korean leader as an intelligent and crafty negotiator, said failing to secure firm pledges was both a mistake and a missed opportunity to seek some transparency on affairs in the country that has long functioned behind a curtain of secrecy.

The 71-year-old Trump said he has developed a "very special bond" with 34-year-old Kim.

"Well, he is very talented", Mr Trump said. "I don't say he was nice".

Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in prayer June 10, expressing hopes the summit would lead to lasting peace. I mean, you got to do something. It's going to start very quickly.

The president acknowledged that US intelligence into the North Korean nuclear stockpile is limited, "probably less there than any other country", he said.

"But I think this was important in that it signals that Trump and his team are in this for a long term negotiation".

A spokeswoman for USA military forces in Korea said it had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.