Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

US Secretary of State to visit China, talk about Trump-Kim summit


Though its state-run media had cautiously reported relatively little on the summit in the months-long run-up, it opened the flood gates after he touched down in a chartered Air China jet, evidence that he had the full backing of his country's powerful neighbor and economic lifeline.

US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Mr Trump's cost reasoning for halting the exercises was "ridiculous".

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a historic agreement at the end of Tuesday's unprecedented summit.

No further clarity came during the signing itself, with Trump calling it "a pretty comprehensive document" that "we're both very honored to sign".

"I'm all for bringing troops home when North Korea no longer poses an existential threat to our friends, but that day is a long time from now - and Congress needs to have a say", Murphy added.

"On the one side, Trump wants complete verifiable and irreversible nuclear disarmament". "It is inappropriate to have war games".

He also said he wanted to bring U.S. troops home - although he did not specify a timeframe.

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"And it's my honor, and we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt".

The previous day US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters he did not believe that troop levels were on the agenda.

On the future of the denuclearisation process, Pompeo said, "I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans". He met for almost an hour with General Vincent Brooks, commander of US Forces Korea, at the air base before heading by motorcade to Seoul.

While a reduction in USA troops on the Korean peninsula was not on the table in discussions with Kim, Trump did say that "at some point" he wants "to get our soldiers out".

What are the war games?

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"It said: "The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations", it said, referencing the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea". North Korea also past year detonated a purported thermonuclear warhead and flight-tested three developmental ICBMs that demonstrated potential range to reach mainland American cities.

US Forces Korea said it had received no new instructions about its scheduled training exercises, including this summer's Ulchi Freedom Guardian.

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What else did they agree at the summit?

The backdrop was nearly as shocking as the warmth of the handshake - a row of the two nations' flags displayed side-by-side at the entrance to the Singapore resort that's hosting their summit.

Following the summit on Tuesday, a joint statement between the two leaders also revealed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and officials from the North would follow up on negotiations "at the earliest possible date". Then aides to each were to join for more discussions and a working lunch.

"Well, we've given him (security guarantee), I don't want to talk about it specifically, but we have given him, he is going to be happy", he said. "Denuclearisation was just an appendage", he said.

Kim replied by recognizing the challenges they had to overcome to get this far.

Two years ago Barack Obama travelled to Cuba - and was roundly denounced by conservatives for breaking bread with totalitarian leaders and praised by liberals for his statesmanship. Trump showed off his new tattoo.

This article was updated to include more of President Trump's comments.

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"Kim Jong Un got respect on the world stage, an end to military exercises between the United States and South Korea, and no timeline to give up nuclear weapons or human rights abuses". We'll be doing something on it.

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