Eliot Cohen, a top State Department official in the George W. Bush presidency, said the summit was everything he has come to expect from Trump. When asked about thousands of people imprisoned in labor camps, Trump said he thinks he has helped them because things in North Korea will change. Whether Trump's claim that Kim is devoted to the process remains to be seen.
"I'm not in this for no money", Rodman said during his CNN interview. I showed it to them today.
Especially for Republicans, Trump's meeting with Kim seemed complicated given the history of North Korea's intransience and distressing human rights record. And that means the dynamics of USA policymaking toward North Korea have changed. The missiles flew back into to their launchers, and a science-fiction like version North Korea took its place - one of crane-dotted skylines, crowded highways, computerised factories and drones, all presided over by a waving, grinning Kim.
"I strongly believe that the president's maximum pressure campaign must remain in place until North Korea truly changes course and ends its unsafe nuclear weapons program". He said it would "increase the pressure on Iran" to give up its nuclear infrastructure and capabilities.
Trump withdrew the USA from the nuclear deal on May 8. The agreement required Iran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions.
"We wish all related countries join the efforts, and China will play its own constructive role", he said.
Trump added in his remarks on Tuesday that the deal "cannot be renegotiated in any way".
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Kim's night tour of Singapore on the eve of the summit got an even brighter spotlight in the North Korean media, which aired video of him being received like a rock star by crowds of onlookers.
Mr. Trump's announcement that the joint exercises would end appeared to catch some US defense officials off-guard.
Trump, reiterating his trust of Kim, said: "I do trust him, yeah". Then of course there is the fact that simply getting a meeting with the United States president was an enormous coup for Kim Jong-un, a hereditary dictator running a regime that commits appalling human rights abuses.
"Our ultimate objective is to bring North Korea out of the hermit kingdom that it has been for many decades and make sure that they abide by worldwide norms, whether it is nuclear non-proliferation or universal human rights". As Trump took a victory lap on the world stage, experts and allies struggled to account for what Trump and Kim had agreed to - and whether this agreement could actually be the first of its kind not to be broken by the North Koreans.
"It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more".
Trump was also accused of being overly flattering is his language toward Kim, who leads one of the most repressive governments in the world, after saying the North Korean leader was a "talented man" who "loves his country very much".
Kim's commitment to denuclearize was included in a document signed after the first ever meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leave after signing documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going. Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, had both wanted to meet with a USA president as a way to consolidate their power at home as well as increase their stature overseas.