Was the U.S.-North Korea summit a success?

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un

Image Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un

"This means the USA and North Korean leaders are in a relationship where they can talk on the phone whenever needed", a high-ranking presidential official told Yonhap News Agency on the phone.

Only a year ago, no one dreamt that a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was even remotely possible. "I would say, 'Wait a minute, I don't have any relationship.' But they said, 'When you can, president, we'd love our son to be brought back home - you know, the remains". "President Trump, while you have Kim Jong Un's attention, use it to free North Koreans".

"We have thousands of people who have asked for that - thousands and thousands of people", Trump said.

Following their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, Trump and Kim issued a joint statement that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", while Trump "committed to providing security guarantees". "I want my people to do the same".

"This summit marked a new beginning for relations between the United States and North Korea and it opened the path for a future for all Koreans, north and south". "I can only speak to the fact that we signed an incredible agreement".

Recently, Park filmed a video op-ed imploring Trump to do the right thing when he meets Kim Jong Un.

"Hey, he's the head of a country, and I mean, he's the strong head - don't let anyone think anything different", Trump said during an interview on Friday on Fox and Friends. I think Donald Trump needs to understand the difference there.

The summit also made a clean break from the failed approaches of past U.S. administrations, he said.

Mr Trump also addressed vision aired by North Korean state TV which showed Mr Trump offering a salute to one of Mr Kim's top generals after a missed handshake.

Trump continued to admit that when "he speaks and his people sit up at attention".

Since the summit, Trump has repeatedly heaped praise on the North Korean leader and touted the results of his meeting with Kim. Human rights groups estimate that as many as 70,000 Christians are now held in inhumane conditions in prison camps in North Korea, where they are killed and occasionally publicly executed for their faith. "As the leader of the free world, you must hold the worst dictator on earth accountable".

Vice President Pence told lawmakers that semiannual war games would cease, contingent upon North Korea following through on efforts to denuclearize.

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