Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Is anything out of reach after historic summit with North Korea?

Is anything out of reach after historic summit with North Korea?

The document signed by the two leaders was not immediately released; it basically said the two sides want to "denuclearize" the Korean Peninsula, but offered no details.

Greg Scarlatoiu, with the US -based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea said he was disappointed that human rights was not discussed in any substantial way, but noted that the summit is the beginning of a longer diplomatic process.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. -South Korea joint military exercises that take place every year.

One day after the meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore, North Korea's state-run media were filled with images of its beaming leader standing as an equal on the global stage with the president of the most powerful country in the world - a reminder of just how much of a propaganda coup the North saw in Tuesday's unprecedented summit.

While Mr Trump has confirmed Mr Kim has agreed to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it was only briefly referenced twice in the article.

The US has long resisted calls from North Korea and China for dual suspension, saying that the bilateral, planned, and transparent military drills are legal while North Korea's nuclear program is not. They probably now believe, correctly, that Trump used tough talk to bring Kim to the table.

Trump said top officials including hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton would next week be "going over the details to get this stuff done".

The North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed. "The V matters", he told reporters.

Singapore, the host country of the upcoming U.S.

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A report in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, another state-run outlet, claimed on Wednesday that the US agreed to offer rewards as North Korea moved toward ridding itself of nukes.

Trump described his meeting with Kim as "an interesting and very positive experience" and said North Korea "has great potential for the future".

"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea's Lieutenant-Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.

The US has been a major ally of Seoul since the Korean War in the 1950s, and is seen by many nations as the ultimate guarantor of security in the region.

"We save a fortune by not doing war games", Trump tweeted Wednesday, "as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!" Then Trump "expressing his understanding of it", said he intends to end this "provocation".

"I think this time what's different is we trust the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim".

Obama, as he left office, warned Trump that the North Korean nuclear and missile programs were likely to be the most urgent problem he would confront, according to a March New York Times report. Even if this meeting doesn't lead to any breakthroughs - and there's good reason to be skeptical of that - a future United States president may be glad that Trump threw away that old rule book and gave him or her a freer hand. During his press conference in Singapore, he turned to Pompeo when asked if there was a transcript.

After arriving back at the White House, Trump lashed out at some of the television coverage of his agreement with Kim. "They did not record it. Plus, I think it's very provocative".

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