Trump faces backlash after saluting North Korean general

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

The video Trump showed the North Koreans was one of several unscripted moments in a carefully planned meeting between the two leaders.

Pompeo said that President Donald Trump's comment about North Korea no longer posing a nuclear threat was made "with eyes wide open".

Sen. Lindsey Graham does not have an issue with halting joint military exercises between the US and South Korea while discussions with North Korea continue. The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint exercise is scheduled for August.

"I am willing to do a lot of things to get [Kim] to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program".

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Moon said his country will carefully consider the possibility of suspending the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises, according to the press release.

At this point, I suppose there's little reason to keep writing about the Singapore summit.

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Trump's Tuesday meeting with Kim produced a wave of U.S. concessions in exchange for vague, nonbinding promises from North Korea, but it did make nuclear war all but inconceivable at the present moment.

He also sought to ease concerns held by many who believe the joint military drills are a key, if not the only, deterrence against North Korean aggression.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is charged by Trump with leading follow-on negotiations, said the USA hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next two-and-a-half years.

United States officials said it was unclear what types of training involving USA and South Korean troops might constitute "war games" Trump wants halted. "I'm a realist. I'm not trying to bring democracy to North Korea".

At his news conference, President Trump said it was hard to ensure anything but that he trusted his instinct that Mr Kim would abide by his word.

Trump has been criticized for lending legitimacy to the North Korean dictator, whose regime has an atrocious human rights record, by attending the meeting in Singapore. No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research!

Harris was introduced by two Democratic senators, Maisie Hirono and Bill Nelson, and both Republican and Democratic senators said during his testimony that they expected he would be confirmed.

"The world should rest assured that the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan remain committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea".

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