Korean paper quick to carry many photos of Kim's Singapore trip

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island Tuesday

Mr Trump and Mr Kim reached a broad agreement that North Korea would move toward denuclearising the Korean peninsula, while the United States committed to providing security guarantees and suspending military exercises with long-time ally South Korea.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim - who traded vicious insults a year ago - gripped each other's hands in front of U.S. and North Korean flags.

"I really believe otherwise I wouldn't be doing this", Trump said of the summit.

Trump said Tuesday the summit has helped bring the world back from "nuclear catastrophe".

The Australian government has cast doubt over whether Donald Trump has suspended military exercises with South Korea, noting that was not part of the joint declaration between the United States and North Korea. The omission of the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" from the phrasing on denuclearization suggested North Korean resistance to Trump's requests. "The V matters", he told reporters in Singapore.

The analyst, Moon, advised the North's report should be confirmed from the USA side, while another expert agreed the North Korean state media should be taken with a grain of salt.

It said that Kim and Trump had "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Trump, it added, had expressed his "understanding" of the stance and had conveyed "his intention to halt" the exercises.

The drills - often called "war games" - are held in South Korea with local forces and U.S. soldiers stationed there.

Korean paper quick to carry many photos of Kim's Singapore trip
Korean paper quick to carry many photos of Kim's Singapore trip

Trump and Kim Signed Something in Singapore.

The report added that more meetings could come on their respective home turf.

If, as Trump said on Tuesday he sensed, Kim wants the grand bargain of disarmament for economic integration, the personal endorsement from the two leaders on negotiations may be all that counts. Kim asked Trump to travel to Pyongyang "at a convenient time", the news agency said. Now, with Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un, the tables have been turned.

The KCNA report noted Kim's "proactive peace-loving measures" and the "will of the top leaders of the two countries to put an end to the extreme hostile relations" that date back to the Korean War almost 70 years ago. "The U.S. has yielded major concessions - the summit itself and the end of our defensive military exercises - in return for what appears to be a vague and undefined premise from the North Korean leader".

Mr Trump's announcement, made in a press conference at the end of the historic summit with Mr Kim, could overturn longstanding U.S. policy and was described by experts as an "astonishing" concession. "Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!"

Rodong Shinmun devoted its entire front page to the summit.

As Trump and Kim approached one another from opposite wings of a makeshift stage, complete with a red carpet and a row of alternating American and North Korean flags, Kim had established himself as an equal, for one day at least, to the most powerful leader on Earth.

Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington tomorrow morning after spending today with Kim in Singapore, but on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8pm today after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.

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