Pompeo updates Japan, South Korea after summit - 6/12/2018 2:55:50 AM

Pompeo updates Japan, South Korea after summit - 6/12/2018 2:55:50 AM

Kim, through a translator, told Trump that it "has not been easy to get here" and that "the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles, but we have overcome them and we are here today".

With Trump and Kim both known for making exaggerated, if not entirely false claims, those notes could be key to understanding Kim as a leader and furthering plans for peace on the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders then shared a 12-second handshake against a backdrop of American and North Korean flags.

Jung A-im, a university student, said she was moved while watching the landmark meeting.

Throughout the summit that could chart the course for historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat, both leaders expressed optimism. This time, though, the two men put pen to paper.

"It's pretty comprehensive", Trump said about the document, adding that denuclearisation could begin "very quickly". "I think you're going to find this is different", Trump said. Once again, the flashbulbs went off, and once again Trump and Kim shook hands.

Kim spoke at the signing, through a translator, saying that they had a "historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind".

The actual text of the document was visible in a picture from the signing, after Trump held it up to show their signatures.

USA and North Korea commit to recovering remains of prisoners of war, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

North Korea has traditionally responded to them angrily, while the governments in Seoul and Washington have said they are defensive in nature and part of the "ironclad" U.S. Thousands of war remains are believed to be scattered across North Korea, where the most intense fighting of the 1950 to 1953 civil war took place. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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The annual South Korea-U.S. military drills are carried out twice in spring and fall.

He called Kim "very smart" and a "very worthy, very hard negotiator".

Asked whether he would invite Kim to the White House, Trump said: "Absolutely, I will". "We will be tremendously successful".

Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Tuesday afternoon in a statement that the Pentagon "welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit" and supports ongoing diplomatic efforts to with North Korea.

Pusan University North Korea analyst Robert Kelly said the letter was "depressing". To Trump, perhaps the instantaneous media mileage generated by the event was more important than negotiating a truly consequential deal, which, according to leading experts, may take more than a decade to complete.

At times, the video appeared to address Kim directly, suggesting he could make a choice that would open North Korea to new investment and step into a starring role in a moment in history with Trump.

North Korea is reported to have wanted the United States to remove the nuclear umbrella over South Korea and Japan as part of the "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula.

The signing came after a one on one meeting between Kim and Trump which was followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with their aides and a working lunch. The State Department released a photograph of Pompeo on the phone.