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Singapore agreement will end cold war, South Korea’s president says

This image depicts phone talks between South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo This image depicts phone talks between South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Russell Knight | 13 June, 2018, 00:59

The meeting, long sought by Pyongyang, will be the first ever between a serving United States president and a North Korean leader, and will focus on the nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles the North has spent decades developing.

President Donald Trump will leave his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier than expected according to the White House, because talks regarding nuclear weapons are going better than anticipated.

The two leaders signed copies of the document, in Korean and English, at a signing ceremony to conclude their summit in Singapore - the first ever meeting of the North Korean and USA heads of state. For Mr Kim, gaining an audience with a sitting U.S. leader could be seen as a victory in itself - something which neither his father or grandfather could achieve.

The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party, also featured his departure in a full-color two-page spread, declaring on the front page that he was leaving in a Chinese plane for a "historic summit" with the U.S. president.

"'Things like, if they could move the ships back from South Korea, I would do what I have to do to listen". Indeed, mere hours after the summit concluded, China began to advocate for easing those sanctions.

Trump's scorecard is far more mixed.

Yet Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - the stated goal of the meeting.

"We did discuss it today strongly", Mr Trump told a news conference after the meeting in Singapore.

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Trump downplayed Beijing's role in the denuclearization process. "I'm not trying to unify South Korea and North Korea".

Both ex-leaders have become a cautionary tale for autocrats with nuclear ambitions, as they both surrendered their countries' weapons of mass destruction programs, only to be eventually deposed with USA help.

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Many lawmakers from both parties, while unready to declare the summit a diplomatic victory or defeat, remained skeptical the US could successfully negotiate a deal toward peace with Kim - but are letting the process play out.

Kim also proved to be a secret night owl, stunning onlookers in Singapore by going on an unannounced night-time prowl of the city sights, accompanied by a horde of aides and security officers. Suspending the "war games" could harm USA security interests in the region, which would create tension between the US and its allies. "Our forces in South Korea are stabilizing for Asia". "And they're not ready if they can not exercises".

This image depicts phone talks between South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

And of course, Trump being Trump, there's no guarantee he'll adhere to the agreements set out in the joint statement, and no assurance he won't ruin everything with a tweet after seeing coverage he doesn't like on TV.

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