North Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North

Angelo Anderson
June 13, 2018

In a sign that Kim remains paranoid about his personal safety, a North Korean official inspected the pen that was placed in front of Kim to sign the joint declaration with Trump, rubbing it with a gloved hand.

Highlighting the continued differences in the two countries' views of the denuclearization process, the report also said that they had agreed on a "step-by-step" approach. Pyongyang has since pulled out of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, built a complete nuclear fuel cycle, assembled an arsenal of nuclear weapons and developed the missiles to fire them.

The presidential Blue House said it needed "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Mr Trump's statement, while adding that it was willing to "explore various measures to help the talks move forward more smoothly".

On the eve of the summit, Trump stayed in his hotel but Kim chose to take a sightseeing tour of Singapore's hot spots, visiting botanical gardens at Gardens by the Bay and posing for a selfie before making a stop at Singapore's iconic three-tower Marina Bay Sands hotel. He described it as a failure that got nothing, at a cost of $3 billion in giveaways.

The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

He had been imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.

Following that test, North Korea declared its state nuclear program was complete. "There will be many more meetings, much more dialogue, a lot of diplomatic work to be done". He said the United States is working on the issue with South Korea, and Japan-as well as with China, but "to a lesser extent". Tuesday's statement made no mention of inspectors.

Trudeau has offered support for Trump's discussions with Kim, but has steadfastly declined to weigh in on the president's fulsome praise of the North Korean leader and the intensifying verbal barbs thrown in his direction.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said, "We can't lose sight of the fact that there are awful, horrific humanitarian issues in North Korea, human rights abuses".

"We had nothing to do with that film", Mr Castaldo said in a telephone interview, adding he had awoken to a deluge of calls and emails from journalists around the world.

Trump was giving denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula "a red-hot go". "And they're not ready if they can not exercises".

"At best this is a tentative beginning down a road that will take many years, " he said by phone. "They are expressing their thoughts in order to cover their weaknesses".

The seemingly off-the-cuff remarks, which were not written into the joint document signed by Kim and Trump at their summit, stunned South Korea and even came as a surprise to USA forces in Korea, which said that they had yet to receive updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises, including the joint drills scheduled for August.

"Sanctions are a means, not an end", Geng said.

"They weren't too excited about the summit".

Trump and Kim met on Tuesday in Sentosa, a small island off Singapore's southern coast, after months of uncertain negotiations and decades of icy relations between their two countries.

At the summit, Trump emphasized what North Korea has to gain by giving up its nuclear weapons and rejoining the worldwide community - a subject he returned to on Twitter.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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