Kim-Trump summit making headlines in worldwide media

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It calls for the two countries to jointly work on efforts to build a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, to establish new U.S.

Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the ruling party, said he heard from Abe that Kim did not repeat North Korea's claim that the issue involving Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s had been resolved.

Moon said he was satisfied with the outcome of the summit and what is most important is that it has allowed the world to escape from the threats of a nuclear war and long-range missiles.

"The summit created this enormous historic opportunity for us to move forward and will fundamentally really shape the relationship between the United States and North Korea", he said.

When asked why the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" weren't included in the statement - words that form part of a State Department policy of "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, before lifting sanctions on North Korea - Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous". President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem. Also, by letting North Korea dictate what the United States military does, Trump sends the USA down a slippery slope.

After the summit, President Trump surprised allies in the region by calling the joint military exercises with South Korea "provocative" and saying they will no longer be held, as long as North Korea continues to make progress toward denuclearization. "Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump tweeted.

"We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency [of denuclearisation]", said Mr Pompeo. "That is not going to happen, President Trump made that clear".

Japan has reacted to Trump's plan to cancel military exercises with South Korea with concern, saying the drills are vital for East Asian security.

Trump, Kim agree to work toward denuclearization
And they also agreed to work together to recover "POW/MIA remains", presumably American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War. Sanctions will remain until North Korea completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs, he added.


South Korea lives under constant threat of an attack by North Korea, and the country's leadership has promoted the idea of diplomatic negotiations as a result. Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim with one possibility including the premier's visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

"Even if the North Korean regime opens their country for revolution, this announcer will declare that decision".

Chinese state media described the summit as a "starting point" but said "no-one would expect the half-day summit to be able to iron out all differences and remove deep-seated mistrust between the two long-time foes". "But the issues of the alliance should be dealt with under the premise we maintain joint ironclad defense posture".

Mr Trump's surprise promise to call off military exercises, describing them as expensive and "provocative", delighted North Korea and China but caught key USA allies off-guard.

The two Koreas were also to hold the first high-level military talks in 10 years on Thursday, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

Ri's image has often appeared on South Korean coverage of major events in North Korea, meaning some South Koreans, associating her with ominous developments, dread her appearance.

"The joint military drills between the USA and South Korea are a matter based on the alliance between the two countries, and are an issue to be decided between the military authorities after consultations".

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