U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.
"She called me and said, 'Dennis, Donald Trump is so proud of you".
Critics of the summit leapt at the leaders' handshake and the moonlight stroll Kim took Monday night along the glittering Singapore waterfront, saying it was further evidence that Trump was helping legitimize Kim on the world stage.
When pressed for a breakdown on the summit expenses, he said, "I think if you calculate the price of everything in this world, you will miss out the really important things".
Both leaders expressed optimism throughout roughly five hours of talks, with Trump thanking Kim afterward "for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people".
"Rather than signing an unsubstantial agreement, Trump and Kim should be signing a real document based on worldwide law, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons".
The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes before the pair reemerged and joined an expanded bilateral group which included some of their top aides.
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The exercises are held several times each year, focusing on everything from warding off a North Korean attack on its neighbor to the south to "decapitation" strikes aimed at killing key members of the Kim regime. The length of the contact, their facial expressions and body language, the stunning backdrop of interlocked national flags - all of it was instantly analysed, criticised and marvelled at in tweets and commentary in South Korea, the United States and beyond.
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A South Korean official said he initially thought Trump had misspoken. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy.science fiction movie".
At the time, Trump's daughter Ivanka was officially visiting South Korea, as was Gina Haspel, the then deputy Central Intelligence Agency chief, and Andrew Kim, the head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center.
Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement on Tuesday that North Korea would move toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, while the United States committed to providing security guarantees, and suspending war games with its ally in Seoul.
Rodman says he took Kim's message back to the USA and tried to share it then-president Barack Obama, but Obama wasn't willing to listen. "While we will not discuss specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed".
The summit, which was nearly scrapped by a mercurial Trump last month, comes after a flurry of diplomatic activities and barrage of invective and insults traded between the US President and an equally aggressive Kim. We'll be doing something on it.