Korean paper quick to carry many photos of Kim's Singapore trip

Postado Junho 13, 2018

In a sign that Kim remains paranoid about his personal safety, a North Korean official inspected the pen that was placed in front of Kim to sign the joint declaration with Trump, rubbing it with a gloved hand.

Following a sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a private meeting with US President Donald Trump this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's big summit.

But he noted that the "war games" with South Korea that Trump said he will end, will continue if the North Korean leader doesn't follow through on his commitments.

Only hours before the White House announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had seemed to lower expectations for the meeting, which Trump had earlier predicted could potentially yield an on-the-spot deal to end the Korean War.

Mr Trump announced he would halt "very provocative" and expensive regular military exercises that the USA holds with South Korea.

"I think he loved it", the president said.

It included commitments by North Korea to "abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, " as well as to readmit worldwide inspectors.

We firmly reject any false equivalency between North Korea's illegal nuclear and missile programs, which are enormously destabilizing and have been repeatedly condemned by the UN Security Council, and our long-standing joint activities with our allies, which are transparent and defensive in nature.

He said Mr Kim has a "great personality" and is "very smart", which he described as a "good combination".

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade global inspections.

If confirmed, the reported deal could be seen as a concession by Trump since USA officials - and the president himself - had called for the North to take swift and clear disarmament measures before receiving any rewards.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump would face opposition to any move to withdraw American forces from South Korea. Those include the 1994 Agreed Framework negotiated during the Clinton administration, which Trump specifically attacked during a post-summit press conference on Tuesday.

The meeting was also a success from a security and optics points of view: smiles were exchanged, in-depth discussions took place between cabinet members, nobody went off script and there were no security breaches, thanks to ironclad preparations by their Singaporean hosts. He even adopted North Korea's language for the exercises, calling them "very provocative".

It appears to be composed nearly entirely of generic stock footage and old news clips, including images of Mr Trump and Mr Kim smiling.

North Korea's state-run media is framing the agreements reached at the Singapore summit as a "step-by-step" process meant to bring US rewards in exchange for gradual moves by Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting.

"It was a positive sentiment for a photo op, but it is not meaningful progress from past agreements, " he said, speaking in Singapore.

Bishop made it clear that agreement between Trump and the North Korean dictator had to involve "complete, verifiable, irreversible" denuclearisation.