N Korea media highlights Trump concessions on war games

A view of Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore

A quick answer: Probably not.

Canada's small community of North Korean defectors has been shocked and infuriated by Trump's contrasting treatment of the two leaders: insults for Justin Trudeau after the G7 meeting in Quebec and flattery for Kim Jong-un at the summit in Singapore. If U.S. troops in South Korea were to really halt military exercises, he says, it could cause allies to lose confidence in Washington and undermine the entire U.S. military presence in Asia.

The historic agreement came after the two leaders held several meetings throughout the day.

The two leaders "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

President Donald Trump's comment about being touchy feely in a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were mocked by comedians. He met for almost an hour at the air base with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, before heading by motorcade to Seoul. "He had a lot to do with us being here today", Trump said. Trump reportedly said he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Seoul soon after the summit to debrief Moon.

The Singapore agreement does not detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the USA and the North continue. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem".

Shi Yinhong, an global relations expert at People's University in Beijing, said Trump's pledge to halt military maneuvers is, from China's perspective, nearly "too good to be true".

And that means ending the so-called "war games" or military exercises with South Korea, as Trump suggested, is not an option that should be considered in the immediate future.

North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.

He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills.


Kim said if the United States takes "genuine measures for building trust", he would take "additional goodwill measures of next stage commensurate with them". Now that Kim has a hydrogen bomb and missiles that can deliver it to the USA, he says he doesn't need to test them anymore and can dedicate more of his resources toward the economy.

To some commentators, Trump's choice of language was a major problem.

Jacqueline An, a Toronto lawyer, has represented many exiles over the years - and helped win the release last year of Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor who was given a life sentence with hard labour for allegedly "meddling" in North Korean state affairs. "(North Korea) and the development of the situation". But he kept trying to reach out to North Korea, and eventually found a role as a mediator after Kim offered in January to send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics. But guess what? Kim Jong Un is a reality show dictator.

Trump and Kim were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks - but to far different receptions.

Experts now expect a temporary peace to continue since North Korea has probably won what it wanted from Tuesday's summit and Trump is unlikely to back down from summit deals that he wants to portray as a diplomatic triumph.

Just hours ahead of the crunch talks, Kim left his luxury hotel for a night-time stroll around some of Singapore's main sights, even posing for selfies with his guide, the city-state's foreign minister.

This is certainly not the pledge for the unilateral dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme that the United States has always pushed for.

"North Korea seems to be highlighting this as one of Kim Jong-un's greatest feats yet and lauding itself for keeping the North Korean regime from collapsing while succeeding in shaking up the U.S".

North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that were denied to media from elsewhere in the world.

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