From hairstyles to handshakes: what went down at the Trump-Kim summit

15 June, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Trump Reportedly Admired North Korean State TV as Even More Devoted to Its Leader than Fox News

North Korea state media broadcast footage Thursday from this week's Singapore summit that showed Trump salute one of Kim Jong-Un's generals, Minister of the People's Armed Forces No Kwang Chol. "I think they will be continued for a while".

The president later told reporters in an impromptu news conference on the White House lawn he had given Kim a phone number to allow him to reach Trump directly. For Kim, talk of disarmament is the tribute that vice pays to virtue - no different than President Obama's commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons, an aspiration expressed even as Obama committed to modernizing USA nuclear forces as long as nuclear weapons did exist.

At the historic summit, Trump also promised to provide "security guarantees" to North Korea as Pyongyang committed itself "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Another Trump concession pointed out in the reported document was his commitment to halt joint military drills with South Korea, in exchange for China stopping joint exercises with North Korea - an arrangement said to have been opposed by the U.S. before the summit.

Dr Dena Grayson, a former candidate for U.S. congress, also noted North Korea's media was able to film this event while the western media wasn't.

Wang said China has a "firm commitment" to denuclearization but that North Korea's "legitimate" concerns must be addressed.

Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in today to discuss the summit.

South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo held a 30-minute "in-depth" telephonic conversation with his United States counterpart James Mattis on Friday, reports Efe news.

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Trump's preparation for the event was long a point of contention.

It is an undeniable fact that the recent US-North Korea summit provided a turnaround in the nuclear standoff between the two sides.

In Monday's preparatory meeting, Trump's team wanted to bring in an official photographer to capture the moment they agreed on the joint statement for posterity, but North Korean officials balked, an official tells The Associated Press.

And Trump's predecessors, particularly President Barack Obama, made use of such American photographers to get out friendly images.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested yesterday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearisation before United States sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.

The first round of a new dialogue on trade and investment is planned to be held in July, and will be led by Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

Trump later told a reporter he was being sarcastic.



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