Trump said he wanted to end the US's joint military exercises with South Korea, which he termed as "very provocative". "The United States should never catch it allies off guard, as seems to be the case with President Trump's announcement", she says. No details of what those steps would be were given.
But China and the United States also scored some points, said Chester Cabalza, a fellow at the US Department of State on National Security and Policy-making and the vice president for the Center of Research and Strategic Studies at the Development Academy of the Philippines.
Trump's tweets pointed to one of the chief gains at the summit from the USA point of view - that its scheduling and the establishing of a relationship between the President and Kim have eased fears that the two sides are on a slide toward a disastrous war.
Trump has come under increasing criticism because the 1½ -page statement that he and Kim signed in Singapore spelt out no specific North Korean commitments besides working towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", a promise the regime has repeatedly made and broken since the 1990s.
Trump's Tuesday meeting with Kim produced a wave of USA concessions in exchange for vague, nonbinding promises from North Korea, but it did make nuclear war all but inconceivable at the present moment.
But on his way to Singapore, "I saw what took place at this [Justin Trudeau] news conference, and I said, "That's not really what happened".
Indeed, there would be little standing in the way of a North Korean operation against South Korea should it determine that an attack that debilitates the South is a higher priority than a formal peace treaty with the United States.
While Trump and Kim concluded their summit in Singapore by signing a joint statement that promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it did not specify what that process would entail.
Trump said that as much as he "hated" to use violent rhetoric against Kim several months ago, "without the rhetoric, we wouldn't be here".
At a news conference after the meeting, Mr Trump said he would lift sanctions against North Korea once "nukes are no longer a factor".
"President Trump showed Chairman Kim his Beast and expressed respect and endless admiration for Chairman Kim", it said. "New history has been made, and China welcomes and supports it", said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry.
Pompeo says Trump has been "incredibly clear" about the sequencing of the process.
"I am going from today", he said.
The current understanding between Kim and Trump may not be a complete American giveaway either, as some critics are asserting. "So he's a very smart guy, he's a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other".
As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.
"Yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things", he said.
Most of all, I think they feel relief - relief they would not have felt, and certainly not to the same degree, if the Democrats hadn't drummed up hysteria about an impending war with North Korea. Trump insisted that strong verification of denuclearization would be included in a final agreement, saying it was a detail his team would begin sorting out with the North Koreans next week.
"Otto did not die in vain". He has praised Trump a lot. Ultimately, in the short term, at least while diplomacy continues, Trump's tweets seem to indicate he is ready to live with the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons and potentially the capacity to fire them at the United States, in an implicit erosion of the U.S. strategic position.
After arriving back at the White House, Trump lashed out at some of the television coverage of his agreement with Kim. "The world will see a major change".
But the new epoch envisioned here by Trump and Kim may be one in which the USA loses its grip on Asia, and then the world, and the new future will likely be ruled from Beijing, not Washington.
It is not known if the issue of the South Korea-US drills was to be raised.
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