Kim summit helped world avoid nuclear catastrophe

A day after his historic nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un in Singapore, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday saying the meeting was a "very positive experience" and "everyone can feel much safer than the day I took office". A quick answer: Probably not.

Only a few months ago, Kim and Mr Trump were swapping personal insults such as "dotard" and "little rocket man" and the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, as well as firing missiles over Japan.

The issue of human rights was notably absent from the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim at their five-hour summit on Tuesday.

A North Korea expert with inside knowledge of the Trump administration agreed Tuesday that Trump had taken us back from the brink of war.

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations. "But there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations". "History is a record of people who take action and rise to a challenge", he said.

He lavishly praised the young dictator, saying he trusted him to "do the right thing"; this despite decades of evidence that the Kim family had cemented its dynasty with ruthlessness and duped the worldwide community about its nuclear weapons programme.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted.

But some argue North Korea didn't go any further than previous promises. "I'm for the United States".

The reports hailed Kim for "steering the geopolitical situations surrounding the Korean Peninsula and opening a new chapter in relations between North Korea and the USA with energetic external activities".

US officials had worked hard to get North Korea to agree to "complete, verifiable and irreversible" disarmament, and said they would not offer any major concessions until it took meaningful steps.

Speaking in a wood-paneled office aboard Air Force One, Baier put it to the USA president that Kim was "a killer".

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"Why did South Korea and the USA form an alliance and stage military drills before the nuclear crisis flared?" President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem.

"There are always concerns about President Trump and he's very erratic", Wit said. For example, they say the notion of "war games" is not a specific military term, so the Pentagon has to determine exactly what Trump wants to have happen. He said South Korea is still trying to figure out the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments. But the two countries didn't nail down how and when the North might denuclearize or shed light on the unspecified "protections" Trump pledged to Kim and his government.

Provocative nuclear and missile tests by North Korea previous year initially gave Moon little diplomatic room to maneuver.

A Chinese plane with Kim on board touched down at Pyongyang International Airport at 7 a.m., according to Korean Central Television and Pyongyang Broadcasting Station (PBS).

When Baier pointed out some of the unsavory things Jong Un is accused of doing in North Korea, Trump demurred.

During his talk with Hannity, Trump said his inflammatory rhetoric helped spur this new meeting.

Kimmel show personality Guillermo Rodriguez and the host proceeded to sit down for a mock summit to sign their own version of the "friendship agreement" that Trump and Kim signed.

Bridling at a question from a reporter who asked why the summit document didn't mention complete and verifiable denuclearization, Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with General Vincent K. Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, after arriving at Osan Air Base in South Korea Wednesday.

Bong Youngshik, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University, said it's too early to predict how Trump's cancellation of the military drills will play out in future nuclear negotiations.

Trump acknowledged to Stephanopoulos that the path ahead remained foggy.

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