The Historic US-N Korea Summit Gets Worldwide Appreciation
The Historic US-N Korea Summit Gets Worldwide Appreciation: US President Donald Trump greeted his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as a “very great day in the history of the world”.
Trump said he wanted to bring home the 30,0000 or so US troops currently stationed in South Korea. Picking up a theme he had hammered on the presidential campaign trail, but which worries allies in Seoul and Tokyo who rely on US defence, he said: “I want to get our soldiers out. I want to bring our soldiers back home.”
He also called a unilateral halt to “very provocative” US military exercises with South Korea, claiming they were “very expensive” and the US pays for “a big majority of them”.
North Korea has celebrated the Trump-Kim summit as a great win for the country, with state media reporting that the US intends to lift sanctions.
The two leaders met this Tuesday, signing a brief declaration on denuclearization and reducing tensions.
President Donald Trump said afterwards that sanctions would remain in place for now, but would be lifted once “nukes are no longer a factor”.
He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills. The move – long demanded by Pyongyang – has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take US allies in the region by surprise.
The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards “new relations”, while the US would provide “security guarantees” to North Korea.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi described the Singapore summit as an “equal dialogue” between the two side, adding that “no-one will doubt the unique and important role played by China: a role which will continue”.
Chinese state media described the summit as a “starting point” but said “no-one would expect the half-day summit to be able to iron out all differences and remove deep-seated mistrust between the two long-time foes”.
US stocks mostly rose, as investors reacted calmly to the outcome of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and turned their attentions to this week’s trio of central bank meetings.
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