Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the Singapore summit, which saw the first ever meeting between a sitting US President and North Korea's leader, was a "breakthrough". But the one-page document contains few specifics on how that goal would be achieved. He said the USA is working on the issue with South Korea, and Japan-as well as with China, but "to a lesser extent".
Bruce Klingner, a North Korea expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the denuclearization pledge in the Trump statement is "diluted from the six-party talks provision, and there was no mention of North Korea moving towards complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, as the administration had hinted". "Our forces in South Korea are stabilizing for Asia".
Japan, the chief USA ally in the region, got none of what it wanted - Kim made no promise to address the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea, and he offered no limits on his ballistic missile programs. He was not talking about fire and fury, at least - but the president should not have used those threats of war in the first place when a strategy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick would have been more effective and gained far more support among USA allies and in Congress. Toward the end of the meeting. The war ended in a stalemate in 1953, but the sides did not sign a peace treaty.
"That was done at the highest level of future development", Trump said of his pitch video. Murphy, have been quick to point out that no long-term verification process was included in the agreement. The VFW sent a June 6 letter to President Trump to urge him to make the issue part of the negotiation.
"All of our members have served in combat and we understand the importance of bring our war dead home to bring closure to families", said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Keith Harman. But he contended, "Once you start the process it means it's pretty much over", an analysis that has proven faulty in the past despite inspection efforts.
Still Trump was quick to label the multihour meeting as "historic", one that offered a "message of hope and vision" for relations between the two countries.
On Twitter, Trump declares that the North Korea nuclear threat is over
But Trump said in a post-summit news conference that he had raised the matter. "You're talking about a very complex subject". The five-hour summit did give Trump and Kim a chance to express optimism and make of show of their new relationship.
North Korea sees the annual exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, but the government in Seoul maintains they are defensive in nature. "We get it done", Trump told reporters while acknowledging he'd been awake for 25 straight hours.
"I remain sceptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress", Portman said in a statement. But before the summit officially began, the White House announced Monday that Trump planned to leave Singapore on Tuesday night, saying nuclear talks with North Korea were moving "more quickly than expected". First, after two decades of North Korean leaders trying to lure a USA president to give de facto recognition to the regime for its nuclear weapons achievement, Kim struck gold.
Kim and Trump did agree Tuesday to keep their subordinates talking, and to work together to return the remains of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action from the Korean War.
"If Trump wants the credit, he can take all the credit".
Rodman, who referred to Kim Jong-un as a "big kid who loves to have a good time", later told the AP that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called him to relay that Donald Trump was "really proud" of him.
"The president said he brought it up, we don't know to what extent he did. I don't know anything about that", he said.