Reuters/Ipsos poll: Half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea


FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un listens to U.S. President Donald Trump as they meet in a one-on-one bilateral session at the start of their summit on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018.

When Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the worldwide media center for the summit at F1 Pit Building on Sunday, he said it will cost the city state "around 20 million Singaporean dollars" (W16.1 billion, US$1=W1,078) to host the "historic summit".

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

We want to end this crisis in North Korea.

"North Korea has great potential for the future!"

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

Trump at a news conference Tuesday after the summit suddenly announced that he would end "provocative" and "expensive" joint military operations between the US and South Korea, declaring "I think it's inappropriate to have war games" while negotiations were underway.

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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. The president made refueling stops in Guam and Hawaii on his return to Washington.

Pompeo noted that the agreement's specifics needed to be reached, but that the goal of the agreement was in print and signed by Trump and Kim.

However, there was no mention of the previous U.S. aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" from Pyongyang.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's state newspaper, shows unfiltered images Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Mr. Trump also claimed Kim told him North Korea has destroyed a "major" missile testing site, although he didn't expand on that.

"The president said it will be verified", the reporter said to Pompeo in South Korea, to which Pompeo responded, "Of course it will".

However, in the joint statement signed by the USA and North Korea, it only says that the country is committed to "working toward complete denuclearization". After all, if there is no threat, why would the North Koreans need to give up their arsenal? On Wednesday morning, he took to Twitter to claim there was "no longer" a nuclear threat posed by the North Korean regime. What's more, it could give North Korea the right to rebuild its nuclear weapons program even if it did actually go through with dismantling it.

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