Only a few months ago, Kim and Trump were swapping personal insults such as "dotard" and "little rocket man" and the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, as well as firing missiles over Japan. His country with its Stalinist-era police state and centrally planned economy had a per-capita GDP rank of 214 out of 228 countries in the world before the U.S., China and most of the rest of the world imposed their latest round of sanctions.
While Trump and Kim concluded their summit in Singapore by signing a joint statement that promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it did not specify what that process would entail.
"But again, as we learn from the past, North Korea will agree to take these steps, but you can't trust them ultimately to fulfill what they commit to", he said.
The KCNA report - which was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party - also claimed that the president pledged to suspend military drills with South Korea, and lift sanctions on the North. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote.
But while Trump also voiced a desire to eventually bring back US troops as well, he told Baier that the U.S. The Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations both did so.
The President also added that North Korea's promise to complete denuclearization "will be verified", though the document the two leaders signed did not lay out details of that process. "That will take a while".
"Without Otto this would not have happened", Trump told a post-summit news conference in Singapore.
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Kim Yong-hwa, another defector, who is part of group that uses the ocean current to send rice to the impoverished North, had also come to believe that Trump was committed to end Kim's repressive rule.
Richard N. Haas, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said "the summit changed nothing".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening. The president was forecasting what he hopes is the imminence of a formal end to the war that U.S., South Korean and United Nations forces waged 65 years ago.
Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit. Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.
After the whirlwind trip, Trump eagerly boasted, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".
The country was as surprised as anyone by President Donald Trump's sudden announcement in Singapore that the United States would be "stopping the war games" - the joint military exercises it regularly carries out with South Korea.
Nonetheless, in interviews immediately after the summit with George Stephanopoulos and Sean Hannity, Trump insisted that Kim - who he praised as "a strong guy" with "a very good personality" who is "very strategic" and "very impressive" - could be trusted. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea". The next military exercise is scheduled for August. Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades.
Last year, about 50,000 South Korean and 17,500 US troops participated in Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, billed as the world's largest command-and-control exercise and aimed at defending against a North Korean attack.
"The U.S. -South Korea joint exercises and U.S. forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia", Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday.