U.S. offers 'unique' guarantees to North Korea on eve of summit

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

The signatures of President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a document held up by Trump following a signing ceremony during their U.S. USA officials couldn't confirm that Trump had told counterparts in Seoul about the plan to suspend military exercises, which North Korea has long regarded as a threat. They're getting rid of things that haven't been mentioned in the document. "If the United States can agree to the three things, they would be willing for a conversation", Rodman recalled. The drills help keep U.S. forces at a state of readiness in one of the world's most tense flashpoints.

"We didn't discuss that, no. Things will change. I think they are one of the great winners today", Trump said, adding that "there's not much I can do right now".

As the two flags hung side-by-side in the backdrop for the first time ever, both Kim and Trump expressed hope that their summit would be fruitful. That marked a significant walk-back from previous statements by USA officials, who had said they wanted a quick process and a significant show of good will from the North.

Pentagon officials were not immediately able to provide any details about Mr Trump's remarks on suspending drills, something that the U.S. military has long resisted. "We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time", he said. Given that North Korea has halted missile and nuclear tests, that amounted to the dialogue and "suspension-for-suspension" model that China has advocated for years.

"Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact", the narrator said near the beginning, as alternating shots of Trump, Kim and North Korean pageantry flashed on the screen. "I don't want to do war", Rodman had quoted the North Korean leader as saying.

Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement that North Korea would move toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, while the United States committed to providing security guarantees and suspending military exercises with long-time ally South Korea.


While the discussions between the two leaders were no doubt serious, people have also been talking about a joke from the President that seemed to fall flat on its feet. The document lacked specifics on the timeline or nature of denuclearization, however.

South Korea, meanwhile, appeared to have been blindsided by Trump's change of heart on war games. He added that he hoped to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea at some point - further undermining the long alliance.

Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting. The president added: "That could very well be the future". "Anybody that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough". "I said boy, look at that beach".

Trump yesterday met Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (李顯龍), was feted at lunch with an early birthday cake (his birthday is Thursday), and then went back to his hotel, the Shangri-La.

"I think I've helped them".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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