Malcolm Turnbull issues emphatic endorsement of Donald Trump's North Korea approach

Malcolm Turnbull issues emphatic endorsement of Donald Trump's North Korea approach

"An audience of one", the official added.

Mr Trump gave the North Koreans their own copy.

"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun", the narration announced.

"I don't believe that suspension for suspension has actually been agreed", Ms Bishop said on Wednesday. "The declaration set out the four points of agreement".

Speaking later, the prime minister struck a noticeably more upbeat tone.

He instead suggested Trump's comment about suspending military exercises was "part of the negotiating".

Mr Trump and Mr Kim signed a joint letter committing to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula following their historic summit in Singapore. "It doesn't spell out the pacing or sequencing for action-for-action steps, it does not - and nor did President Trump in his press conference - suggest they have agreed definitions on what denuclearization entails and what a creating a peace regime specifically entails". But, you know what? "The other approaches haven't worked".

At a solo press conference hours after the signing, Trump spelled out what kind of security guarantees he was talking about. I was the only one who felt so.

"Propaganda, all that stuff, that's not something we'd get involved in".


When US President Donald Trump sat down to make the case for peace to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, he rolled out what amounted to a movie trailer starring the two leaders.

"We can only determine the success of this meeting by the outcomes, and that will take some time", she said. For one thing, North Korea's commitment on "complete denuclearization" is simply a repeat of its previous promise from the inter-Korean summit in April, and it lacks a clear definition.

Speaking later as he flew out of Singapore bound for the USA territory of Guam - towards which Pyongyang a year ago threatened to lob missiles - Trump said he meant to hold North Korea to its word on denuclearization. "That is, the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of the nuclear weapons program that is in defiance of numerous United Nations security council resolutions".

Bishop said the sanctions against North Korea remained in place and would not be removed until such time as North Korea had proven it has dismantled its nuclear weapons program.

She said the global community was at the beginning of a very long process: "The detail is still to be worked through".

Even a much derided 2005 joint statement - an early stage effort to launch more detailed talks, and therefore comparable to Tuesday's document - was more specific, according to Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association.

On Wednesday Japan's defence chief said the USA military's presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for east Asian security. He said the USA is working on the issue with South Korea, and Japan-as well as with China, but "to a lesser extent". The US forces in South Korea, meanwhile, told Stars and Stripes magazine that it had not received updated guidance on cessation of training exercises, and "will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance".

The president described the North Korean leader as a "very talented" negotiator and said their meeting was "honest, direct and productive".

Trump said verification processes had been discussed at the summit, and that Kim understood it would involve accepting large numbers of US and worldwide personnel.

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