North Korea: Trump agreed to 'step-by-step' approach to denuclearization

Reunification ribbons at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

Reunification ribbons at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

President Donald Trump today said the USA will stop conducting military drills on the Korean peninsula, after his historic summit here with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Speaking in Beijing following Trump and Kim's signing of a joint statement at the end of their historic summit in Singapore, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated that China has always strictly abided by all United Nations resolutions on North Korea.

A GOP senator behind crushing sanctions efforts on North Korea said he's happy that the "failed policy of strategic patience" is gone yet cautioned that there needs to be only one goal in engagement with dictator Kim Jong-un.

Israeli ministers, meanwhile, have welcomed the Trump-Kim summit for the message it sends to Iran.

Tuesday saw Trump describe Kim as "a very talented man" and say he had "developed a very special bond" with the DPRK leader.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told The Associated Press that North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons would send a "strong" signal to Iran.

"We must always be clear that we are dealing with a brutal regime with a long history of deceit", Ryan said. "This is a win for North Korea, which seems to have yielded nothing". I believe he is happy we made this progress.

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American adults have supported working toward denuclearization of North Korea using diplomacy and peaceful efforts for many years.

Meanwhile, agreements are yet to be reached on the timeframe of North Korea's denuclearization and how this will be achieved in a way that is complete and verifiable.

"The greatest achievement of the summit was that Trump's comments show his confidence in resolving any issues [with Kim]", Nam said in a brief meeting with a small group of reporters in Singapore.

But analysts said it was a far cry from the breakthrough that president Richard Nixon scored with his visit to communist China in 1972 that ended decades of estrangement between Washington and Beijing.

Although Trump insisted at a post-summit news conference that "I think he really wants to de-nuke", the president was only able to cite a single unwritten pledge from Kim - to close a missile engine facility.

He praised Trump and Kim for their "courage and determination" not to settle for "that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change". This could be part of US efforts to ensure regime security for North Korea.

They said Pakistan supplied vital machinery, drawings and technical advice to North Korea, allowing Pyongyang to enrich uranium as early as 2002.

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