North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance

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Xi's presence hung over Tuesday's talks: China's leader met twice with Kim in recent weeks and an Air China Ltd jet ferried the North Korean ruler to Singapore from Pyongyang on June 10 ahead of the summit.

In the face of Trump's well-honed, reality-TV style and reputation as an unpredictable diplomatic opponent, the North Korean leader avoided the inclusion of CVID - or complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation - in the summit's joint statement - all without appearing confrontational.

"In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime's status quo", Pelosi said in a statement.

Mr Kim's late father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, was a Hollywood film buff, with a special affection for director Steven Spielberg and actress Elizabeth Taylor and an extensive video library, according to defectors and intelligence agencies.

The working lunch was the final part of the summit between Trump and Kim.

US Senator Rob Portman of OH said on Tuesday that the day he joined Warmbier's parents to welcome their son home almost a year ago "is a constant reminder to me about the evil nature of this regime". That marked a significant walk-back from previous statements by US officials, who had said they wanted a quick process and a significant show of good will from the North.


The video mixes both Hollywood and propaganda film tropes that play over a pulsing orchestral score.

Trump said Tuesday that he would invite Kim to the White House at an "appropriate time". The president said North Korea "more brutally oppressed its people than any regime on earth".

To illustrate the point, ballistic missiles are shown in reverse motion, pulling back into their launch silos. Kim became the leader of North Korea in 2011 and is often described as a "brutal dictator".

North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.

Trump agreed to end joint U.S. It's a resounding success for Kim - and one that is likely to be exploited back home for political goal.

In talks with Kim on Tuesday in Singapore, Trump committed to an open-ended negotiating process and said the US would also suspend military exercises with South Korea.


"One moment. One choice".

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Onodera was quoted as saying.

The Rodong Sinmun report gave no further interpretation of what it called a "step-by-step" process on the nuclear issue or what reciprocal actions the North expected from Washington along the way.

"Anybody who thinks we're going to fix 50 years-plus of major challenges here in one meeting is not being realistic". The U.S. would also stop joint military exercises in South Korea.

Turnbull echoed that line: "I want to say that I do not believe that summit would have occurred had it not been for the absolute solidarity on the very tough economic sanctions on North Korea that have been imposed by the UN security council, that's had the support, obviously, of the United States and Japan and Australia and other countries, but also China. Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.


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