Otto Warmbier's parents: 'Hopefully something positive' will come of Trump-Kim summit

The Foreign Minister said it was too early to say if the Trump Kim meeting could be deemed a success “but at least it’s a serious start”

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VideoNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump sign a document after their summit.

North Korea was the big victor in the summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, an analyst said Wednesday. "'You know, we're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea, and I said, 'What's this costing?" He gave Kim a glimpse of the presidential limousine.

"We have big teams ready to go", including experts from the USA and other partners around the world, Pompeo said.

Even the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based policy research group normally supportive of Trump's foreign policy, signaled its reservations.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim signed a joint statement Tuesday agreeing to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, although the timeline and tactics were left unclear.

Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit.

The mercurial Trump could also quickly shift his approach if he determines sufficient progress isn't being made.

In an interview on Fox News Channel, Trump boasted about the relationship he forged with Kim during their first meeting this week in Singapore.

At the briefing, Pompeo reiterated that the shared goal of the US, South Korea and Japan is to get North Korea to denuclearize not only completely, but also irreversibly and verifiably.

Democratic critics in the United States said the agreement was short on detail and the Republican president had made too many concessions to Kim, whose country is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and weapons programs and is widely condemned for human rights abuses. After all, if there is no threat, why would the North Koreans need to give up their arsenal? But Pyongyang appears to be betting on the model of "build it first" and then letting a long process of fruitless talks drag on later.

That's not clear. My best guess is that the immediate focus of negotiations will be to try to work out modalities for the elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons and its nuclear and missile production capability.

Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he got little and gave away much in his push to make a deal with the young autocrat - including an agreement to halt US military exercises with South Korea. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was pressed to a clarify a tweet he posted on Tuesday calling totalitarian dictator Kim Jong Un "a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dog catcher in any democracy". But it "all depends on whether North Korea is serious about denuclearization". Trump later commented that he believed he will have a "terrific relationship" with Kim and that the pair had enjoyed a "fantastic meeting".

"Pyongyang will read this as a concession that its nuclear and missile advancements purchased weaker language on denuclearization, " Mount said.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade worldwide inspections.

Pompeo is charged by Trump with leading the follow-on negotiations with North Korea.

"Countries like Iran and Cuba and other two-bit rogue regimes don't have nuclear weapons, yet", Cotton told Hugh Hewitt. Really? That's the oldest trick in the book - stall and when the United States says it will resume exercises, cry foul and blame the United States for the blowup. He met for almost an hour with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, at the air base before heading by motorcade to Seoul.

North Korea's state-run media on Wednesday reported in detail about what Kim and Trump discussed and agreed on in Singapore.

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Current and former USA defence officials expressed concern at the possibility that the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang.

The North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before US sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

North Korea will not get any sanctions relief until it has demonstrated "complete denuclearisation", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

"You're talking about a very complex subject".

"Anybody who can exert a factual check on the president, saying 'Wait a minute, that's not what happened, ' is to be dismissed, attacked, delegitimized, pushed aside and turned into a hate object", Rosen said. "It takes a period of time".

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