Six things we learned from historic US-North Korea summit

Cheng Xiaohe a professor of international relations specialising in North Korea at Renmin University in Beijing

President Donald Trump met with North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un on Tuesday.

The loot? An interview with President Donald Trump following his recent history talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Kim, despite his goofy smile and amusing haircut, is a monstrous figure at the helm of one of the world's most repressive nations, where thousands of citizens have been murdered, tortured, imprisoned or raped, and where roughly 18 million people don't get enough food, according to the United Nations.

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.

"Not necessarily because of the President's mentioning of him but because of what we went through". He pointed to a "freeze for freeze" happening between the USA and North Korea to illustrate the point.

He also called a unilateral halt to "very provocative" United States military exercises with South Korea, claiming they were "very expensive" and the U.S. pays for "a big majority of them". With the joint statement under his belt, Kim can now count on China and Russian Federation to argue on his behalf to start easing the economic sanctions that have been placed on his country.

The Pentagon said Tuesday it was consulting with the White House and others, but was silent on whether the August exercise would proceed. It does not, for instance, include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the USA and North Korea.

Efforts by previous presidents committed Pyongyang to far more detailed and specific restrictions, though the deals all ultimately failed. "It doesn't spell out the pacing or sequencing for action-for-action steps, it does not - and nor did President Trump in his press conference - suggest they have agreed definitions on what denuclearization entails and what a creating a peace regime specifically entails".

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The parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are suing North Korea alleging that the country violated worldwide law by killing their son. You can see that the country has great beaches "whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean", said Trump.

At the time, Trump's daughter Ivanka was officially visiting South Korea, as was Gina Haspel, the then deputy Central Intelligence Agency chief, and Andrew Kim, the head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center.

Trump said the video was meant to illustrate the bright future that might be ahead, if Kim agrees to denuclearize.

Trump is sounding optimistic about his ability to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program after a lengthy one-on-one meeting with leader Kim Jong Un. That could constrain the U.S.'s ability deploy its nuclear-capable military assets such as bombers in the region.

After almost five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and the USA agreed to "provide security guarantees". "Talking to dictators is one thing, embracing them is another", Biden blasted of the deal he said does not advantage the USA or make us safer.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave after signing documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going. "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune". South Korea, for its part, was blindsided by Trump's concession. He argued that it would be "provocative" and "inappropriate" to continue these exercises while the negotiation continues, adding that they can be easily restarted if the talks stall.

He cited American college student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested by North Korean authorities in 2016 and died a year ago after being repatriated to the United States with severe brain damage. But Trump's joint statement falls short even when compared with smaller, piecemeal agreements made before the 1994 accord.

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