US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during the US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
Despite tough US talk before the summit about "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization, the vaguely worded 1 1/2-page document Trump and Kim signed doesn't include that language and essentially represents "tacit approval" of North Korea's nuclear program, said Jeffery Lewis, director of the East Asia Non-Proliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California. It's possible North Korean officials will seek a firm commitment from the South on stopping its military drills with the United States.
Echoing that stance, Akira Kawasaki of the ICAN anti-nuclear group said the summit was "a great photo-op", but that "the substance needs to be followed up". Trump has drawn bipartisan criticism at home for agreeing to pause joint U.S. To secure Kim's signature on the Singapore agreement, Washington jettisoned its historic focus on North Korean human rights abuses - a question officials in Tokyo will likely raise with Pompeo in coming days.
When questioned on the wording of the statement, Pompeo said Wednesday that Trump's intention was to allow the U.S. the opportunity to pursue further productive conversations on the issue with Pyongyang.
The top US diplomat, after briefing South Korean officials in Seoul on the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, said the U.S.
This has been taken to indicate that the U.S. would grant concessions to Pyongyang along the way.
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The latest example concerns North Korea.
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.
George Stephanopoulos and Sean Hannity each won the same thing in recent hours, but for one, the prize was rare, and for the other, it was commonplace.
Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.
"Let's see if I have this straight", she said.
Trump also is wrong in saying "nothing happened" in return.
Pompeo, speaking to reporters just after he arrived in Seoul, said he was there when Trump talked about it with Kim, and the president "made very clear" that the condition for the freeze was that good-faith talks be ongoing.
The Trump administration is set to cancel the next joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula scheduled for August, a report said on Wednesday. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance. "He's an incredible guy", Trump said.