Trump nailed the stagecraft in Singapore, but where's the substance?

Kim-Trump summit: Where does it leave the main players?

Kim-Trump summit: Where does it leave the main players?

President Donald Trump said he trusts Kim Jong Un and that he has received the same trust in return following a historic sit-down with the North Korean leader.

"A long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

President Donald Trump proclaimed on Wednesday that the North Korea nuclear threat has been resolved, but holding the reclusive country to its word may prove hard. US defense analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the U.S.

Trump also said in a separate tweet that North Korea is "no longer" the US' "biggest and most unsafe problem", telling Americans and the rest of the world they can "sleep well tonight!"

USA forces in South Korea said they "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises".

But he said that was no longer the case, and everyone can "sleep well tonight".

But the future remains uncertain - the USA and North Korea did not reach any agreement on the details of how to achieve or verify that denuclearization. -South Korean military exercises, framing it as Trump agreeing to a request from Kim.

Mr. Trump said the USA will be continuing sanctions until denuclearization occurs - but suggested sanctions might be lifted earlier than many experts thought possible.

Victor Cha, a former U.S. pointman on North Korea, said in an opinion piece in the New York Times: "Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war".

The video was created by the White House's National Security Council to "help the president demonstrate the benefits of complete denuclearisation, and a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula", White House spokesman Garrett Marquis said.

"The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor", Trump said at the briefing, adding, "I hope it's going to be soon". Even in cases where the USA president has studied his briefing materials, unlike Trump, having others present can prevent a situation where the two nations disagree about what promises were made.

Both in South Korea and Japan, there are mixed views on the military exercises. Incidentally, Trump's announcement apparently surprised South Korean President Moon Jae-in's government in Seoul.

The KCNA report - which was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party - also claimed that the president pledged to suspend military drills with South Korea, and lift sanctions on the North.

It appears even Trump was unclear on whether there was any record of his 40-minute talk with Kim. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

United States military commanders in the South also said they had no warning of Mr Trump's announcement.

Joint military exercises between United States and South Korean troops have long angered Pyongyang.

But others said it's a great step forward for peace.

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System firing an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile during a U.S. US President Donald Trump arrived at the venue just 60 seconds before the summit was to begin.

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