North Korea summit ‘an important milestone’ towards denuclearization, says Guterres

In August 2009 Bill Clinton was in the North Korean capital to negotiate for the release of US journalists

North Korea summit ‘an important milestone’ towards denuclearization, says Guterres

USA allies Japan and South Korea were concerned that Trump agreed to halt American military exercises with South Korea, which North Korea has long claimed were invasion preparations. The North's official KCNA news agency said the two men "gladly accepted" mutual invitations to visit each other's countries, and asserted Trump had "expressed his intention" to lift sanctions against the North - something the USA president had told a press conference would happen "when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".

"The summit in Singapore must be followed by multiple meetings to test North Korea's promise of denuclearization - which they've made before, and in the past and they have repeatedly violated them".

In return for the United States commitments, Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement committing to denuclearisation, but analysts say it was vaguely worded and included commitments Pyongyang had made several times. "I read the statement and it's hard for me to see if something was actually agreed to or not", Sen.

"I think China has an absolutely key role in this", said Guterres.

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

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But Trump suggested that China has already been relaxing trade controls. The talks are expected to focus on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The follow-up negotiations over North Korea's denuclearization might have become even trickier, as Trump himself set a high bar for verification when he declared the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran to be insufficient and withdrew from it. In one case, they took billions of dollars during the Clinton regime. But, you know what?

Trump said he urged Kim and other North Korean officials to watch a four-minute video produced before the Singapore summit.

Those conditions were absent from the wording of the joint declaration.

Trump hailed the summit as a tremendous success in the hours after he departed Singapore Tuesday. "It wasn't a big point today because really ... this has been taken care of before we got here". The video was produced by the US government to help persuade Kim to make a deal, a White House official said.

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Its view was echoed by the conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party, whose leader Hong Joon-Pyo castigated the summit as a "great failure".

"We understand what the United States and its allies mean". Guterres urged all those concerned to "seize this momentous opportunity" and again offered United Nations help to achieve the goal of dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Dr Lee Sung Yoon, professor of Korean studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in MA, had a more negative view. "It is worrisome, very worrisome that this joint statement is so imprecise", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, has landed at Osan Air Base south of Seoul and is now due to have meetings with America's allies in the aftermath of the summit.

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations. "A lot of work", Mr. Trump said of the summit.

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