US Secretary of State to visit China, talk about Trump-Kim summit

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At the summit held in Singapore yesterday, Trump and Kim signed a document in which North Korea committed to "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" in exchange for U.S. security guarantees. Lawmakers, analysts and allies have hailed the effort but questioned the substance of what was achieved.

North Korean state media broke form and featured photos of leader Kim Jong Un walking around Singapore and meeting with President Donald Trump in their latest editions. Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide. "Hope does not equal reality".

Shi Yinhong, an worldwide relations expert at People's University in Beijing, said Trump's pledge to halt military maneuvers is, from China's perspective, nearly "too good to be true". "So is a dangerously naive president". A year ago it tested long-range missiles that could reach the USA mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target.

There were no immediate details on the contents of the document but Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start "very, very quickly".

US President Donald Trump Wednesday congratulated himself on his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, insisting that country is no longer a nuclear threat.

"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw USA troops from the South. Now, with Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un, the tables have been turned.

U.S. officials had worked hard to get North Korea to agree to "complete, verifiable and irreversible" disarmament, and said they would not offer any major concessions until it took meaningful steps.

The KCNA report - which was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party - also claimed that the president pledged to suspend military drills with South Korea, and lift sanctions on the North. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote. When asked if he would know if such discussions were planned, he said, "Yeah, I sure would".

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On Wednesday Mr Trump took to Twitter, saying: "The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!"

"So amusing to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN", he wrote on Twitter.

Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he got little and gave away much in his push to make a deal with the young autocrat - including an agreement to halt United States military exercises with South Korea.

Also Russian-made, the IL-76 is believed to have carried food items, vehicles, authorised weapons and other supplies for Mr Kim, who signed a historic agreement with Mr Trump after their summit, which began at 9am and ended at around 2pm.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that he wants Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to brief senators on the substance of what the two nations discussed, including whether USA troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula would remain.

"I said 'I want to stop that and I will stop that, and I think it's very provocative", he said. Next he said: "We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".

Mr Trump also unexpectedly announced United States would not hold war games with South Korea while North Korea negotiated in good faith on denuclearisation. "Moon, and then Trump, were quick to bite on North Korea's invitation for talks".

The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take U.S. allies in the region by surprise.

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