In reality, the likelihood of war has diminished only slightly - let's say from very unlikely to very, very unlikely. No details of what those steps would be were given. But the U.S. -North Korea joint declaration was vague on details, providing no clear definition on what constitutes denuclearization, set no timeline for the dismantlement process, and said nothing about outside verification requirements. Forty percent say the former real estate developer should take the most credit, followed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in with 11 percent. The United States maintains about 28,500 soldiers in South Korea, which remains in a technical state of war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. The two sides promised to hold follow-up negotiations.
Despite the uncertainties, Trump talked up the outcome of what was the first meeting between a USA and North Korean leader in six decades of hostility.
"At a certain point I look forward to taking them off and they will come off when we know we are down the road", he told a news conference after the summit.
The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take United States allies in the region by surprise.
"We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency [of denuclearisation]", said Mr Pompeo.
Pompeo's comments Thursday come amid uncertainty over what the USA and North Korea's joint commitment "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" means in practice, and doubts over Trump's tweet that after the June 12 summit "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".
U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his intention to halt U.S.
Trump's claim North Korea no longer a nuclear threat raises eyebrows
The summit, the first between a North Korean leader and a USA president, ended with the leaders signing a peace deal. The meeting was also a "defining moment" for Trump, leader of "the world's police at the moment", said Cabalza.
Trump and Kim wrote of a new future for the world in their joint statement, but that new future may be one ruled from Beijing, not Washington. He said he would bring back United States troops and save a lot of money.
The footage showcased scenes spanning the hugely-anticipated day, including Kim and Trump's first handshake in front of their national flags. "My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive".
"I think we have a very good relationship. He's a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other". While there may be some truth to that assertion, it is unlikely to be the entire story; North Koreans are long suffering while the regime, like others of its kind in the past, in all likelihood has hardly been touched by the new sanctions.
"Otto did not die in vain".
"Trump has pursued what he calls a "maximum pressure" campaign" against Pyongyang to force it to give up its nuclear weapons.
After arriving back at the White House, Trump lashed out at some of the television coverage of his agreement with Kim. United States defence analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the US. "The world will see a major change".
Blanket media coverage on Monday included Kim's surprise tour of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel and its surrounding gardens, and the first hours of the meeting with Trump in the resort island of Sentosa.
Online travel agent Expedia said its data showed searches from global customers for trips to Singapore had risen by 58 percent on June 10-11 relative to the same days in 2017, including a 220 percent rise in searches by USA -based customers.