North Korea agrees to work towards dumping its nukes in historic peace agreement

U.S. officials and the North Korean state news agency struck a hopeful tone as the meeting approached, while negotiators from both countries met privately in the last hours to iron out agreements, such as over the definition of denuclearisation and the terms under which Pyongyang might agree to dismantle its nuclear arsenal.

Although Trump was quick to declare success for the unprecedented summit with Kim Jong Un marked by handshakes and smiles, experts said a joint statement signed in Singapore seemed mostly to rehash old broken promises made by Pyongyang to successive U.S. administrations.

"Inter-Korean talks need to be successfully carried out side by side", he said.

His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only previous year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.

China suggested on Tuesday that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea if the country abides by United Nations resolutions, as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work for denuclearisation. Last year, it involved about 17,500 US service members, drawing in 3,000 from outside South Korea.

The President was widely panned by the mainstream media over his harsh rhetoric, with pundits and liberal lawmakers calling Trump "crazy" and "bellicose" over his stark language.


The announcement took South Korean officials by surprise.

In a press briefing in Singapore Monday, Pompeo said the White House has met with more than 100 experts from various fields, who have advised the Trump administration on the best strategies to negotiate with North Korea.

US military forces in Korea have not received any direction to cease joint military drills, a spokesman said on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said war games would be ended amid talks with North Korea.

He argued that Trump's aggressive posture toward North Korea in the build-up to the summit was more positive than the summit itself.

North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and numerous scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged.

The troops and war games were not mentioned in the final summit document, which focused on security guarantees and a general commitment to denuclearization.


The summit was the first in history between a sitting U.S. President and a DPRK leader.

I said, 'Do me a favor; we've got this missile-engine testing site. -South Korea alliance "has always been a North Korean strategic objective, and some may view suspending military exercises as one key way to do so", said Kathleen McInnis, a Korean specialist and senior defense strategy analyst at the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money.

"I think it's very provocative".

Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have been a major source of contention between the Koreas for years, and analysts have wondered whether their continuation would hurt the inter-Korean detente that, since an outreach by Kim in January, has replaced last year's insults and threats of war. "This is a win for North Korea, which seems to have yielded nothing".

"There is no single change in the suspension of the South-U.S. joint military exercise compared to the past", Nam said.


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