World leaders welcome Trump-Kim agreement; China to benefit from outcome

World leaders welcome Trump-Kim agreement; China to benefit from outcome

His statement follows a report from the New York Times, which criticized the White House for lacking a scientific advisory team.

Hours after talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Security Council's sanctions against North Korea were created to be adjusted and could be suspended or lifted in accordance with the North's actions.

"It is the case that we are prepared to make security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in that denuclearization", stated Pompeo.

"President Trump believes that Kim Jong-un has an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country", he told reporters.

The extensive and - by North Korean standards - fast coverage by the North also suggested an attempt to set the post-summit narrative of the vaguely worded declaration signed by Kim and Trump.

North Korea's state-run media is framing the agreements reached at the Singapore summit as a "step-by-step" process meant to bring US rewards in exchange for gradual moves by Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program. But, Koreans are anxious they could be affected by the summit discussion.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said it was "troubling" that Trump had agreed to suspend joint drills without making any reference to North Korea dialling back its conventional military threat. But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money.

Speaking about the 32,000-strong U.S. military contingent based in South Korea, the president said that he would ideally "like to bring them home, but that's not part of the equation right now".

United States forces in Korea said they had not received updated guidance on military exercises.

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After Tuesday's talks, Trump said no sanctions would be lifted until the roll-back of the North's nuclear capabilities reached "a certain point".

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Trump also said Kim did not hesitate to agree to repatriate the remains of American soldiers killed in action during the Korean War.

Trump's announcement that the U.S. would stop military exercises and his suggestion that he wants to pull United States troops out at some point are "things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

Speaking about the military exercises, Corker told Reuters: "I don't know if that's an agreement or an ad hoc statement that was made".

North Korea and its ally China have long sought for the end its joint exercises with South Korea, arguing that they are aggressive and provocative. Seoul's presidential office said it was trying to parse Trump's comments. "South Korea joint military exercises".

"At this moment, we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning and intention", a South Korean spokesperson said, according to CNN.

President Trump walks with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un after lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Interestingly, South Korea now says it wants "clarity" on the end to the war games. -North Korea talks as a step away from the war path, independent foreign policy expert Derek Davidson concluded that "Tuesday's "agreement" was nearly entirely free of any substance".

"There will be a need for many worldwide inspectors: North Korea will have to get used to hundreds of inspectors visiting not just agreed sites, but going anywhere they like", he said.

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