Their seemingly friendly meeting was in sharp contrast to their tit-for-tat insults and bellicose rhetoric late past year while Pyongyang carried out its biggest nuclear and missile tests. "The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!"
By referencing the "conflicting views", Moon appeared to be referring to Trump's unexpected promise to halt joint military exercises with South Korea, which the U.S. president called a "provocation" to the North.
"Trump does to other foreign leaders what he wishes they would do for him". No details of what those steps would be were given.
The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the USA would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea. Forty percent say the former real estate developer should take the most credit, followed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in with 11 percent. But about 30 percent said they approved of his handling of North Korea. The two sides promised to hold follow-up negotiations.
The U.S. intelligence assessment of the nuclear and other military threat posed by North Korea to U.S. and allied forces remained unchanged despite Trump and Moon's assertions about the North Korean nuclear threat being over, a senior U.S. official responsible for studying the North Korean military said.
Following the summit, Trump told reporters during a news conference in Singapore that Kim agreed to "destroying a major missile engine testing site" and that it would be done "very soon", without elaborating further on which testing site or timing.
The declaration took some South Korean and US military officials by surprise - though US Defence secretary Jim Mattis was not among them, with spokeswoman Dana White saying "there were no surprises". Pompeo once again reiterated that economic sanctions would remain in place until complete and verifiable denuclearization is achieved.
Pompeo says Trump was referring to the fact that for the first time in history, a USA president sat down with a North Korean leader.
Trump and Kim wrote of a new future for the world in their joint statement, but that new future may be one ruled from Beijing, not Washington. "We're prepared to execute this once we're in a position that we can actually get to a place where we can do it".
The current understanding between Kim and Trump may not be a complete American giveaway either, as some critics are asserting.
"I think we have a very good relationship". USA officials said it was unclear what types of training involving US and South Korean troops might cross into Trump's now forbidden zone of "war games". Unfortunately the mass media has been focusing on North Korean government human rights violations without looking at America's human rights violations in North Korea and the legality of the sanctions and the legality of the sanctions the United Nations cooperated with. "We didn't have a big screen like you have the luxury of having, we didn't need it because we had it on a cassette, an iPad, and they played it and about eight of their representatives were watching it and I thought they were fascinated by it".
"Otto did not die in vain".
That discussion between Putin and Trump reportedly happened in summer 2017. Bush took a tougher stance toward North Korea, and the 1994 nuclear deal collapsed because of suspicions that the North was running a secret uranium program.
"Today, we had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator.
"It's going great. We had a really fantastic meeting", Trump said after the lunch.
They first met Tuesday for about 40 minutes alone, except for their translators, before bringing in delegations from their respective sides for a working lunch.