How the Hill Reacted to the Trump-Kim Summit

Trump-Kim talks Fantastic indeed

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The current leader's father, Kim Jong Il, was a longtime movie buff who had thousands of titles in his film collection and once led North Korea's ministry of propaganda.

Discussing his relationship with Kim, Rodman said the North Korea dictator was "more like a big kid" who "loves to have a good time".

"We had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document", Kim said through a translator.

Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds. Between 1990 and 2005, an agreement between the US and North Korea to repatriate unaccounted for service members led to the recovery of 229 remains and the identification of several others.

But in return, Washington would offer "different and unique" guarantees "to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them". The missiles flew back into to their launchers, and a science-fiction like version North Korea took its place - one of crane-dotted skylines, crowded highways, computerized factories and drones, all presided over by a waving, grinning Kim. "We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time", he said. I asked him, I said I have something to say from North Korea, and he brushed me off.

The US has long held the view that North Korea's illegitimate military activities can't be traded away for its right to do legitimate military activities.

They agreed to establish new relations between the countries and committed to "build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula", where the US and South Korea are still technically at war with the North. The US forces in South Korea, meanwhile, told Stars and Stripes magazine that it had not received updated guidance on cessation of training exercises, and "will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance".

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The Associated Press reports Trump was originally scheduled to depart early Wednesday morning, however he will now leave Tuesday night after a day of meetings with Kim and other leaders of North Korea. He added that he hoped to withdraw United States troops from South Korea at some point - further undermining the long alliance.

Suddenly, two huge screens on either side of the empty podium came to life. He spoke before Trump and Wang announced the US was suspending the military drills. "China of course supports it".

The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. Any instability - or alternatively, a deal that leads to a US -aligned unified Korea - potentially could put American troops on its border.

But soon after the announcement, China was already hinting at the prospect of sanctions relief.

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.

-With assistance from Kanga Kong and Andy Sharp.

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