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Singapore summit is a good first step

Singapore summit is a good first step

Hours earlier as he sat alongside Kim at the signing ceremony, Trump said the two leaders "have developed a special bond" and that after their several hours of talks Tuesday and the signing of the agreement he thinks the US relationship with North Korea "will be very different than in the past".

"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the statement said. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. "Beautiful. Perfect", Trump said. And as a show of good faith, the United States will suspend its joint war-game exercises with South Korea.

A spokeswoman for USA military forces in Korea said it had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.

Side note: for some reason, there's a solitary flash of a still image of Trump hanging out in the White House with Sylvester Stallone when the voice over guy says "respect" near the end.

Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he believes Kim will begin to work toward dismantling North Korea's nuclear program "virtually immediately". The proposal-called "dual suspension" or "suspension for suspension" by China, and sometimes referred to by analysts as "freeze for freeze"-was introduced by Beijing about a year ago, and has since been prominently promoted on the global stage".

In a YouTube video she posted just before the summit, she said the talks need to include more demands for human rights: "All [Trump's] going to be talking about with the North Korean leader is about nuclear talks".

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The vice president commended Trump on his success thus far with North Korea, speaking of that country's participation in the Winter Olympics, the suspension of all ballistic missile testing and, recently, the release of three American hostages.

Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps. The U.S. has previously ruled out a halt in military exercises on the Korean peninsula as part of its military alliance with Seoul.

Trump downplayed Beijing's role in the denuclearization process. For weeks, the world has seen Kim engage in a kind of high-profile shuttle diplomacy among top leaders of China, Russia and South Korea.

A statement from Beijing today indicated its satisfaction with the outcome.

Rodman traveled to Singapore ahead of the summit, but Trump, who knows Rodman from his time on Celebrity Apprentice, said that Rodman is a "nice guy" but not invited to the meeting in an official capacity. "As Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, it is very important and positively meaningful that the leaders of the two countries held a dialogue on an equal footing", said Chinese Foreign Minister Geng Shuang.