President Trump returned on Wednesday from his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore and issued what would be a remarkable statement - if it were true. A North Korean aide wearing latex gloves reportedly inspected and wiped the pen intended for Kim, which he didn't end up using.
The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the USA would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.
Trump vowed to rain down "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it threatened the USA but instead in Singapore it was compliments that flowed, as the president described Kim as "talented" and said they had forged a "special bond".
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S. -DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
Though the agreement commits both parties to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - removing all nuclear weapons from the region, including potential American weapons - the DPRK has only reiterated, in writing, its commitment to "work towards" this aim.
President Trump stretched credulity at home and overseas Wednesday by declaring there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea" after his summit with Kim Jong Un that reduced tensions but produced no details on how or when Pyongyang might disarm.
Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing. Trump promised to provide security guarantees to the North and suspend joint military drills with the South as long as negotiations with the North continue in "good faith".
Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said.
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In an effort to counter propaganda, the G7 leaders agreed to work together to assert a "common narrative and response" to incidents.
Julie and David - who both asked to use pseudonyms for fear of retaliation by North Korean authorities - are a married couple who escaped from the reclusive country they said was "comparable to hell" in 2005 and now live in Toronto. But about 30 percent said they approved of his handling of North Korea.
But conservatives in South Korea slammed the summit, saying it failed to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Bloomberg hosted a live chat about the Trump-Kim summit on the LINE messaging app, where people tuned in to have their questions answers by editors.
The meeting, long sought by Pyongyang, will be the first ever between a serving United States president and a North Korean leader, and will focus on the nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles the North has spent decades developing.
How will this change relations between the US and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops?
In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S. "We're not engaged in any reduction of USA forces talks, and I think we all wait until after this settles and we go forward".
North Korea's media is tightly controlled by the government and only ever reports positively on officials' activities.
"We have big teams ready to go, " including experts from the USA and other partners around the world, Pompeo told reporters. And why wasn't the South Korean president invited?
The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War and has used them in a variety of drills.