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Kim Jong Un flies home with lots to brag about — AP Analysis

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Melinda Barton | 13 June, 2018, 23:17

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a historic agreement at the end of Tuesday's unprecedented summit.

President Donald Trump's comments on Tuesday that North Korea was destroying a major missile engine testing site seemed to support a recent USA study that the country was razing a facility that had been crucial to its development of mid-range solid-fuel missiles. A quick answer: Probably not.

Before leaving himself, Mr Trump tossed out pronouncements on U.S. alliances, human rights and the nature of the accord that he and Mr Kim had signed. Trump's press conference was his second-longest to date which lasted for an hour and five minutes.

-North Korea relationship based on "peace and prosperity" and reaffirms Kim's commitment to the eventual denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "Talk about that first then move on to other issues". Anyone can make war but only the most courageous can make peace. The hostages are back home with their families. "History is a record of people who take action and rise to a challenge", he said.

Yet the sanctions the USA has slapped on the North are going nowhere, despite Kim's "unwavering commitment" to complete denuclearization.

"Only five months ago, based on my conversations with this administration, I thought we were headed down an inexorable path toward a devastating war", Victor Cha, who was considered for the role of United States ambassador to South Korea for nearly a year by the Trump administration before being passed over, wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday.

"China would be anxious about Trump going too far, too quickly".

He also said that before he took office previous year, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".

South Korean army's K-9 self-propelled howitzers take positions during an annual exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, June 11, 2018.

On Wednesday, North Korean state media said Trump had also agreed to the North's desire for a step-by-step disarmament process with corresponding USA concessions at each step, rather than immediate disarmament as the U.S. had initially sought.

And finally, North Korea and the US commit to recovering remains of Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action soldiers from the Korean War, almost 70 years ago, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

The POTUS' remarks came as a big surprise to South Korea, which said on Tuesday that Washington has not reached out to them to discuss halting the military drills.

Trump on Wednesday continued to tout his decision to suspend the military exercises as he returned from meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Two Air China Boeing 747 jets - including the one that flew Mr Kim to Singapore for his meeting with Mr Trump - were on their way to Changi Airport on Tuesday afternoon. As they entered, Trump injected some levity to the day's extraordinary events, saying: "Getting a good picture everybody?"

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Tuesday that he wants Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to brief senators on the substance of what the two nations discussed, including whether US troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula would remain.

The North Korean delegation comprises more than 100 people.

Pyongyang in return "commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

The president said Kim accepted his offer of a visit to the White House some time in the future when it is "appropriate".

Trump also praised himself for backing a woman who won a Republican primary Tuesday in SC, defeating a Trump critic.

"It's propaganda in the end", said Jeong Hyung-gon, a research fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.

North Korea also was no longer the United States' "biggest and most unsafe problem", he added. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul. "Did you get anything in return?" he asked.

Trump said Kim told him that he is getting rid of the nuclear weapons.