Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

World leaders hail Trump-Kim summit

World leaders hail Trump-Kim summit

A jubilant-sounding President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his "deal" with Kim Jong Un has ended the North Korean nuclear threat, as his top diplomat said he hoped to see "major disarmament" of the country by 2020.

Guterres also praised China's key role in resolving the Korean Peninsula issue in April after Kim's visit to Beijing at the end of March.

On Wednesday morning, he took to Twitter to claim there was "no longer" a nuclear threat posed by the North Korean regime.

At the heart of the negotiations would be the verification process to ensure North Korea fulfills its promise to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs - a sticking point that derailed earlier denuclearization negotiations among six nations in 2008.

Over the course of five hours, the leaders shook hands at least eight different times, and left the summit having signed a joint statement that called for better relations, peace between the two Koreas and denuclearization.

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, has landed at Osan Air Base south of Seoul and is now due to have meetings with America's allies in the aftermath of the summit. "I suppose you could argue semantics, but let me assure you that it's in the document", Pompeo said.

US officials say they have been repeatedly cheated by North Korea in previous negotiations on denuclearization.

At one point, it features a montage with babies and auto factories, suggesting what a more prosperous future for North Korea could look like if it agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal.

The president tweeted after returning from his Singapore summit that "the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN", are "fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

"So is a dangerously naive president", Schiff said.

Trump has sought to portray his unprecedented meeting with Kim as a significant accomplishment that has made the world less vulnerable to the North's nuclear arsenal. The summit resulted in a joint statement. The North's official KCNA news agency said the two men "gladly accepted" mutual invitations to visit each other's countries, and asserted Trump had "expressed his intention" to lift sanctions against the North - something the U.S. president had told a press conference would happen "when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".

In Pyongyang, commuters gathered around a news stand at a subway station where the front page had been posted. Much of the text repeated vows to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Fulsome applause for another country is unusual for the media in the impoverished North, which generally do not show detailed images of affluent foreign countries.

The Singapore summit did not get top billing in the main state news outlets in China.

Guterres has warned that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un need patience to implement the agreements and has pledged his support.

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