The false dichotomy of 'peace or war' with North Korea

The practical patience of most Americans' take on the situation offers a safer, if slower, route to security and, someday, peace.

War between North Korea and the U.S. (and any of either countries' allies) would be hellish on a scale few alive today have witnessed. Deterrence is an option, particularly when coupled with a gradual improvement of relations and opening of North Korea to the outside world, which the Trump-Kim summit could inaugurate.

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The Week -
The Trump doctrine isn't 'We're America, Bitch.' It's 'I'm Trump, Bitch.'

Indeed, the Trump foreign policy doctrine is not, as a senior White House official recently put it to The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, "We're America, Bitch."

Trump looks out upon all the people of the world, the "haters and losers" chief among them, the people who say he can't succeed, that he will fail in doing things his own way, and says, with a sort of swollen bravado, "I'm Trump, bitch." But in the end, Trump's deal with Kim will very likely be a weaker, vaguer, and less-binding version of the Obama-era Iran deal that Trump tore up in May after mercilessly berating it as "too weak."

Reuters -
Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete...

Tough sanctions will remain on North Korea until its complete denuclearization, the U.S. secretary of state said on Thursday, apparently contradicting the North’s view that the process agreed at this week’s summit would be phased and reciprocal.U.S.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a joint statement after their Singapore meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises and gave U.S. guarantees of security to North Korea. “President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing of denuclearization and relief from the sanctions,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters after meeting South Korea’s president and Japan’s foreign minister in Seoul.

Fox News -
Pompeo says Trump made it 'incredibly clear' to Kim that denuking is key to lifting sanctions

Pompeo pushed back against reports coming from North Korean official state media, claiming Trump and Kim agreed to a “step-by-step” process, with many interpreting the announcement as the U.S. giving concessions to the regime along the way.

Pompeo met with his Asian counterparts following President Trump's historic summit in Singapore this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which Kim agreed to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” After returning to Washington, Trump tweeted Wednesday that the world can “sleep well tonight” and that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

Washington Post -
North Korea’s dispersed and hidden weapons complex highlights the challenge of denuclearization

The facilities are among hundreds that exist across a North Korean weapons complex that has shown itself capable not only of making sophisticated nuclear and chemical weapons, but also of expertly hiding them from public view.

North Korea’s only public pledge so far regarding its nuclear arsenal is contained in a 19-word clause in the joint statement signed by leader Kim Jong Un during Tuesday’s summit with Trump.

New York Times -
Why Won’t Trump Talk to Us, Some Iranians Wonder

After the handshakes, the signature ceremony and the diplomatic pomp of the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea, many Iranians could come to only one conclusion: We should talk, too.

Not that Iran has any plans to build a bomb, but it said on Wednesday that it planned to resume uranium enrichment at its Fordo site if the nuclear deal with the remaining parties completely falls apart.

Fox News -
Judith Miller: North Korea Summit -- A Trump-Kim PR stunt or a major step toward denuclearization?

These results include a denuclearized North Korea without intercontinental ballistic missiles threatening the American homeland, and a North Korea living in peace with democratic American-allied South Korea.

If U.S.-North Korean negotiations fail, the Trump-Kim summit will be seen as a glorified PR stunt, hyped by the media and aimed simply at boosting each leader’s political standing at home. To President Trump’s credit, his “maximum pressure” sanctions on the North and the reversal of his bellicose rhetoric may have helped push Kim to Singapore so that his intentions could be explored.

Reuters -
Ex-spy or genteel diplomat North Korea's choices for nuclear talks...

Whether Kim will plump for his hardline former spy chief Kim Yong Chol or genteel career diplomat, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, could provide a clue on what approach Pyongyang will take at the talks, political analysts and experts on North Korea said.

“It would be reasonable for the foreign ministry that has professional expertise and experiences to take over nuclear talks,” said Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean representative to the six-party talks. “The summit’s joint statement simply heralded the start of working-level negotiations, where all key, complex issues will be discussed, including the timeline of the North’s dismantlement, its verification and corresponding U.S. action.”

Fox News -
Trump calls 'fake news media' America's biggest enemy in wake of Singapore summit

Having apparently defanged the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, President Trump on Wednesday identified the biggest remaining threat to the Republic: The "fake news media."

Trump, just back in Washington after his historic sitdown in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, blasted the press - and two TV news organizations in particular - for failing to grasp the enormity of the event. Having apparently defanged the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, President Trump on Wednesday identified the biggest remaining threat to the Republic: The "fake news media."

Washington Post -
Trump says North Korea ‘no longer’ a nuclear threat as he returns to Washington

President Trump declared Wednesday that there is “no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” as he returned to Washington, offering a rosy assessment of a summit with the leader of a nation that still possesses nuclear weapons.

There was no mention of a declaration of North Korea’s nuclear assets, which normally precedes any arms-control negotiation, or of timelines or deadlines.

The Week -
Why Trump was happy to surrender so much to Kim Jong Un

If you blinked, you might have missed the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

With John Bolton running the National Security Council, Trump will likely have someone whispering in his ear who would be more than happy to see such provocations provide justification for an actual attack. He could threaten a first strike against North Korea's facilities if progress did not speed up, or even demonstrate the accuracy of American missiles somewhere that Kim could see it.

CBS News -
Singapore Summit: "Kim got the better part of the deal," says East Asia expert

Though Tuesday's Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was universally acknowledged as historic, its outcome is being widely debated by policy observers and experts alike.

On this week's episode of Intelligence Matters, Dr. Paul Heer, former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told host and CBS senior national security contributor Michael Morell that, at least in this preliminary stage, Kim appears to have emerged from the meeting the bigger winner.

The Week -
What went right in Singapore

Let's take a deep breathe, be thankful things no longer appear to be spiraling out of control — and give a little credit (even if it's very little) where it is due.

While Trump has puffed up the summit in recent days, the administration reset expectations when they agreed the Singapore meeting was on again, but construed it more as a first date than a wedding. After a false start in response to a reporter's question, Trump also talked the more conventional Republicans in his administration off the ledge when it came to "Libya model" talk.

NBC News -
Trump and Kim fly home but nuclear negotiations are far from over

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un returned home Wednesday, with commentators left to debate the merits of their unprecedented summit in Singapore.

Others said the summit was the promising, symbolic start of a long process, and preferable to last year's nadir that saw the two countries trade threats of nuclear war.

CBS News -
After summit, Kim Jong Un basks in the glory

The priority treatment of what even Pyongyang is calling the "historic" meeting between Kim and Mr. Trump in Singapore underscores just how much of a propaganda coup the North saw in Tuesday's unprecedented summit.

"Singapore, the country of the epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world, was awash with thousands of domestic and foreign journalists and a large crowd of masses to see this day's moment which will remain long in history," KCNA noted.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Promises, Nuclear Promises

We hope it is, but we’ll believe it when Americans are packing and hauling away the missiles and enriched uranium.

There is no excuse for a nuclear deal that doesn’t entirely eliminate the program—with on-demand inspections everywhere. Perhaps guaranteeing Kim’s survival in power is necessary to eliminate his nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland.

Washington Post -
North Korea says nuclear dismantling a ‘step-by-step’ process with U.S. rewards along the way

North Korea’s state-run media is framing the agreements reached at the Singapore summit as a “step-by-step” process intended to bring U.S. rewards in exchange for gradual moves by Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.

“Kim said he was pleased to meet with President Trump and his team from the United States and praised President Trump’s will and aspiration to overcome the hostile past between the two countries, and to find realistic solutions to problems through communication and cooperation,” part of the story said.

Washington Post -
‘Getting a good picture, everybody’: Inside the Trump production in Singapore

As their friendly visit here Tuesday drew to a close, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took seats along a flower-adorned mahogany table to sign an oversize sheet of paper.

A Secret Service agent held open a door so Kim could peer inside the “Beast,” as the presidential limousine is known, but the curious North Korean dictator did not climb inside. Trump’s comments throughout the day were short on details, demonstrating a lack of command over the technicalities of nuclear arms negotiations, but heavy on superlatives.

North Korea says Trump agreed to lift sanctions

Dubbing it the start of a new relationship between their countries, which are still technically at war, Pyongyang's first reports Wednesday stressed to the North Korean people that Trump agreed at Kim's demand to halt joint military exercises with South Korea as long as talks toward easing tensions continue and suggested that Trump also said he would lift sanctions as negations progressed.

"Singapore, the country of the epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world, was awash with thousands of domestic and foreign journalists and a large crowd of masses to see this day's moment which will remain long in history," KCNA noted.

ABC News -
Trump says summit would not have happened without Otto Warmbier's death

Just hours after intense and historic negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump predicted it all might never have happened if it weren't for the death of Otto Warmbier, the American college student imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.

Asked at a post-summit news conference how he could call the North Korean dictator "talented" since Kim was responsible for Warmbier’s death, Trump responded: “I think without Otto this would not have happened.

Reuters -
Three days with the North Koreans: awkward glances and a scant smile

For six Reuters journalists covering Kim’s historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, home for the past three days was the cream-colored, marble floor lobby of the St. Regis, one of Singapore’s most luxurious hotels.

During those periods, floods of heavily-armed Singapore police and government officials would join North Koreans ushering guests behind a rope and obscuring the view of Kim’s party.

Fox News -
TUNE IN: Bret Baier Interviews President Trump WEDNESDAY

Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier will sit down with President Donald Trump in an interview airing Wednesday on Special Report at 6 p.m. ET.

Tarlov: People on Both Sides Believe Nikki Haley Could Be First Female President. 'This Is a Slave State': Shapiro Says Trump's Praise of a 'Tin-Pot Dictator' Was 'Disquieting'. Baier conducted interviews with Trump while the latter was a candidate and prior to the 2016 campaign.

Global News -
Analysts divided on whether Trump-Kim’s Singapore meeting was worth it

WATCH: Trump-Kim summit: Trump calls prisoners locked in North Korean camps ‘great winners’. Going forward, both sides need to come up with a timeline for denuclearization and eventually a peace agreement to end the Korean War.

After months of uncertainty, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore for a historic summit on Monday. A handshake and a joint statement from two former rivals — is it just all for show or is there something substantial to celebrate?

Fox News -
North Korean state media claim Trump, Kim invited each other to their home countries

North Korean state media claimed in a glowing announcement Tuesday that President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un invited one another to their respective countries during their landmark summit in Singapore.

A report on the meeting by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, "Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the U.S.". It went on: "The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved [North Korea]-U.S. relations."

CBS News -
Trump leaves Singapore claiming success after historic meeting with Kim Jong Un

A jubilant President Trump boarded Air Force One on Tuesday for Washington, leaving Singapore with what he said was an historic new relationship with North Korea and a commitment from dictator Kim Jung Un to eventually give up nuclear weapons.

"So Mike, our whole team has to get to work and get it completed," Mr Trump said at a press briefing after the summit's conclusion. The president said inspectors will verify North Korean compliance and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the negotiations over the details of the process to dismantle the weapons program.

US reassurance after Korea war games halt

Earlier, South Korea's Presidential Blue House said it needed "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Mr Trump's statement.

The US maintains around 30,000 troops in South Korea and once a year it brings in others - typically from its Pacific base in Guam - to join large-scale drills. North Korea sees the annual exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, but the government in Seoul maintains they are defensive in nature.

Kim is a 'funny guy' - analysing Trump's quotes

The handshake has happened, the summit is over, and now Donald Trump is hitting the media circuit - including his first sit-down interview with a major news network other than Fox - to make the case for what he has accomplished.

In fact, the pageantry of the summit, Mr Trump's solicitous manner and his kind words for Mr Kim have already drawn the ire of some of the president's critics - and others who have, in the past, largely held their tongue.

Fox News -
Jim Carrey crudely mocks Trump-Kim summit in latest 'artwork'

Jim Carrey shared his newest drawing early Tuesday, this one seemingly taking aim at President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un amid their historic summit in Singapore.

Kim appears to be giving the hand symbol for peace while raising up a sign saying, “LITTLE ROCKET MAN.”. JIM CARREY IS GETTING POLITICAL WITH ARTWORK BUT IT’S FAR FROM THE FIRST TIME HE’S REINVENTED HIMSELF. Accompanying the tweet, Carrey also wrote this caption: “Let’s Make A Deal: You’ll be a real world leader.

Global News -
ANALYSIS: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un both sought legitimacy in Singapore

Donald Trump admits he’ll find ‘some kind of an excuse’ if he’s wrong about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Of course, none of it matters if the two sides stop talking.

Trump, Kim commit to ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean peninsula after historic summit. Both leaders walked away with the photo-op they came for, but little else of substance. And talk is exactly what came out of the whirlwind Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

New York Times -
Unscripted Moments Steal the Show at Trump-Kim Singapore Summit

When the President of the United States pulls out an iPad and shows the leader of North Korea a slick, bombastic video — essentially a Hollywood-style trailer presenting the North’s possible future, featuring fighter jets and missile launches cut together with images of dancing children, artisanal pizza and time-lapse sunrises over skyscrapers — you know this is not an ordinary summit meeting.

That closely watched meeting, which in many ways set the stage for the Singapore summit, was expertly choreographed, with numerous images of harmony and lighthearted banter between the two leaders.

CBS News -
Is China the "big winner" in the historic Trump-Kim Jong Un summit?

After wrapping up a historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump told reporters on Tuesday he is halting the "war games"  consisting of joint military exercises with South Korea. He also said he wants to bring American soldiers in the Korean Peninsula back home "at some point."

CBS News senior global affairs contributor and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer also stressed China's role in the region, calling China "the big winner" in the historic summit. "The most important takeaway here long term is that the United States is probably going to be a much more marginal player at the end of the day in this region," Bremmer said.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Foreign Policy Analysts Skeptical of North Korea Summit Results, Lack of Details

U.S. foreign policy analysts on Tuesday said the U.S. appeared to have given away more than it had received in return in talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and took note of the lack of details in the joint communiqué the two men signed.

Asked Victor Cha, a Georgetown University professor and North Korea expert once under consideration by the Trump administration for ambassador to South Korea, on MSNBC.

Did the summit rhetoric match reality?

Watching reactions to the Singapore summit as it unfolded became the ultimate foreign policy Rorschach test - everyone came away with a different picture of what happened.

The Singapore summit was certainly historic in the sense that this was the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, but the results are harder to judge. While past US presidents have avoided granting such a meeting without North Korea first making verifiable progress towards dismantling its weapons of mass destruction programmes, Donald Trump has forgone this traditional diplomatic approach for one that could potentially make negotiations more agile.

The Week -
Trump is a lousy president. He still deserves a victory lap on North Korea.

What's more: History suggests that a few months or years from now, this president or his successor will realize that North Korea has done little or nothing to denuclearize, and it's possible we'll re-enter the cycle of threats and cajoling that has long defined the U.S.-North Korea relationship.

It can be rightly argued, in fact, that the disastrous G7 summit a few days earlier laid the groundwork for what happened in Singapore: Once again, Trump took action without apparent regard for a longtime U.S. ally — in this case, South Korea, whose defense establishment was caught off guard by the president's announcement that the U.S. will pull out of joint military exercises with that country.

Fox News -
After Trump summit with Kim, families of Korean War missing hoping for closure

After President Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un agreed on Tuesday, during a historic summit in Singapore, to recover the remains of the U.S. military personnel missing in action and presumed dead from the war, Downes and other families whose husbands and fathers are still MIA are hopeful that almost 68 years later, their remains will soon be returned to U.S. soil.

“We must have hope that this agreement will finally bring peace to the peninsula and help bring closure to thousands of families of missing American servicemen from the Korean War,” said Keith Harman, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, in a statement sent to Fox News. “Now the hard work to bring the initiative to fruition begins.”

Fox News -
Trump meets Kim and sets the stage for fundamental change in Asia -– Here's what his critics missed

President Trump achieved a major diplomatic breakthrough Tuesday in his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, dramatically improving America’s national security.

One complaint is that President Trump conceded too much just by appearing with Kim Jong Un, suggesting it was a propaganda coup for the North Korean regime. These critics don’t understand North Korean propaganda, which has said for the 65 years since the end of the Korean War that the United States was poised to invade at any moment.

Global News -
Donald Trump admits he’ll find ‘some kind of an excuse’ if he’s wrong about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

U.S. President Donald Trump admitted Tuesday that if he is wrong about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s commitment to the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula, he will never admit to it.

READ MORE: Trump, Kim commit to ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean peninsula after historic summit. “President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,” the leaders said in a joint statement. “President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Global News -
‘Two leaders, one destiny’: Trump courts Kim with fake movie trailer

U.S. President Donald Trump brought some early ‘90s-era Hollywood pizzazz to his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, by showing him a four-minute trailer video laying out the stakes of their historic summit.

Trump, Kim commit to ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean peninsula after historic summit. Trump screened the video for Kim on an iPad at their meeting in Singapore, before sharing an English version with the gathered press a short time later.

Global News -
Trump-Kim summit: Read North Korea, U.S. joint statement on historic summit that’s short on details

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula without getting into the specifics of that commitment.

Trump, Kim commit to ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean peninsula after historic summit. The two leaders smiled and shook hands at the Capella Hotel in Singapore before the pair met behind closed doors to broker a deal.

Global News -
‘I believed in North Korea’: Dennis Rodman breaks down over Trump-Kim summit

Former basketball star and frequent North Korea visitor Dennis Rodman broke down in tears during a live television interview from Singapore, ahead of the historic meeting between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump, Kim commit to ‘complete denuclearization’ of Korean peninsula after historic summit. Rodman became visibly choked up during a live interview on CNN, in which he said he felt vindicated for believing that North Korea would embrace peace.

Wall Street Jurnal -
Nuclear Niceties: Trump and Kim Share Smiles, for a Change

As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exuded mutual warmth during a Tuesday summit, with beaming smiles and breezy back-patting, months of distant bickering dissolved in close-up bonhomie.

In a moment captured by television cameras, Mr. Trump gestured to a Secret Service agent to open a rear passenger door of his presidential ride, allowing Mr. Kim a quick glimpse. At the end of a signing ceremony, where Messrs. Trump and Kim signed a joint declaration on denuclearizing North Korea, the two leaders exchanged a firm handshake and put their hands on each other’s backs.

NBC News -
First Read's Morning Clips: Watching today's primaries

ND-SEN: Kevin Cramer is getting more and more incensed at Trump’s embrace of rival Heidi Heitkamp, the Washington Post reports.

Big news outside of the North Korea talks yesterday, from Pete Williams: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to further restrict U.S. acceptance of immigrants by ruling Monday that fear of domestic abuse or gang violence is not an acceptable basis for granting asylum.”

CBS News -
Trump says Kim Jong Un will "start now" on denuclearization

President Trump says that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will "start now" in following through on promises to take steps toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula following their historic summit in Singapore. "We have the framework for getting ready to denuclearize," Mr. Trump said in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanoplous.

Mr. Trump appeared optimistic about Kim's intentions to hold up his end of the agreement signed in Singapore, saying the dictator "really wants to do something I think terrific for their country." He said he believes "he trusts me and I trust him."

CBS News -
Trump says he "trusts" Kim Jong Un to denuclearize after summit

President Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit, which lasted less than five hours, was the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

The president said he now "trusts" Kim Jong Un and knows now he wants to make a deal, meaning more summits could be held in Pyongyang and Washington. Even so, the president said there is a real chance for peace, denuclearization and a new relationship with North Korea.

Wall Street Jurnal -
How investors might best play the ‘long journey’ to denuking North Korea

While there is clearly some relief it wasn’t a G-7-esque fiasco, investors don’t seem too overly impressed either, perhaps because the devil was missing from the details of that deal signed this morning to rid the Korean Peninsula of nukes.

“This could yet be a very long journey offering more chances to trade fresh optimism and disappointment,” notes Van Dulken in emailed comments. “But yes, it does remove one element of geopolitical uncertainty which has seen some impressive highs and lows.”

NBC News -
Trump's agreement with nuclear-armed Kim contains no new promises

The agreement signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday appeared to contain no new pledges and was padded with vague language that many experts said would be difficult to enforce.

"What this [agreement] does is encourages Kim Jong Un in his readiness to come out into the world for dialogue and making peace," wrote John Delury, a professor at South Korea's Yonsei University.

Trump claims progress after Kim summit

US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "tremendous".

Over lunch they shared a mix of Western and Korean dishes, including stuffed cucumbers and Daegu jorim, a soy-braised fish dish.

Trump-Kim shake hands, commit to 'complete denuclearization'

Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Alluding to the North's concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the U.S. was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with "sufficient certainty" that denuclearization "is not something that ends badly for them." He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the U.S. was "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously."

The Guardian -
US to suspend military exercises with South Korea, Trump says

Donald Trump has agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea in return for a commitment to denuclearisation from Kim Jong-un, the US president announced after his summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore.

Stopping them represents a major concession, something the US has previously rejected as non-negotiable on the grounds that the exercises are a key element of its military alliance with Seoul, and of maintaining a deterrent against North Korea.

The Week -
The transformation of Kim Jong Un

On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended their historic summit in Singapore with a handshake and the joint signing of a vague but important document.

Another pertinent process to observe in the wake of this meeting is the loosening of Kim's shadow self, and the unleashing onto the world of the political leader he wishes to be.

ABC News -
EXCLUSIVE: 'I do trust him': Trump on Kim

North Korea will denuclearize, President Donald Trump declared in an exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos just hours after intense and historic negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.. "I do trust him, yeah," Trump said. "Maybe in a year you’ll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake.

Peter Navarro, the White House director of trade policy, told Fox News Sunday: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door."

A diplomatic menu: What Trump and Kim ate

Beef short rib confit, served with potato dauphinoise and steamed broccolini, red wine sauce on the side. Combination of sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice with homemade XO chilli sauce "Daegu jorim" - soy-braised cod fish with radish, asian vegetables

It's safe to say that while Pyongyang cold noodles (which Mr Kim gave to his South Korean counterpart when he cross the border for the first time in April) weren't on the menu, the Singaporean hosts made a significant effort to make Mr Kim feel at home.

Trump pledges security guarantees to North Korea after summit

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday with the U.S. president pledging unspecified "security guarantees" to the North and Kim recommitting to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Pompeo held firm to Trump's position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearizes - and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.

DW -
Opinion: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit of friendliness

A few months ago, it looked as though this endlessly simmering conflict could escalate when US President Donald Trump, after mutual insults and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's deliberate provocations, threatened to destroy North Korea blatantly before the United Nations.

At the Singapore Summit, Trump was once again able to highlight the central role of US as a world power on a large stage. When US warships patrol through the still-open sea routes in Asia or show up in friendly ports, the message is always the same: We oppose rivals like China and we stand by our partners.

Trump, Kim sign unspecified document at summit

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit Tuesday with lofty promises by the American president to take care of a "very dangerous problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world." They signed a document that Trump described as "pretty comprehensive," but he declined to describe it, saying the details would be revealed later.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, center, is escorted by his security delegation as he visits Marina Bay in Singapore, Monday, June 11, 2018, ahead of Kim's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

DW -
Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Singapore summit — As it happened

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for a historic summit on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

0006 US President Donald Trump's enormous motorcade has left his hotel and is heading to Sentosa Island for the meeting.

Global News -
North Korea state media plasters front pages with Kim Jong Un’s Singapore trip

Just hours after Kim Jong Un wrapped up a surprise evening sightseeing tour of Singapore on Monday, the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun crammed its front page with photographs snapped of the reclusive leader.

North Korea’s official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world.

Fox News -
Weeping Dennis Rodman praises Trump's meeting with friend Kim Jong Un, blasts Obama for ignoring him

Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star and longtime friend of Kim Jong Un who has visited North Korea several times, broke down in tears during a televised interview early Tuesday as President Trump and Kim held a historic meeting in a hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

"President Trump should understand the fact that the reason the Marshal of North Korea [Kim Jong Un] respects Dennis Rodman is the fact that he trusts me, and I gave him something for his birthday -- and I thought I couldn't pull this off -- and I said the day before his birthday, I'm gonna give you a present." Rodman said he promised to bring a professional basketball team to North Korea, "even though I knew I couldn't do it."

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte