North Korea media depict Kim's strength over Trump in summit

Many lawmakers from both parties, while unready to declare the summit a diplomatic victory or defeat, remained skeptical the US could successfully negotiate a deal toward peace with Kim - but are letting the process play out.

The Pentagon has denied that US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was caught off guard by the president's announcement, saying "there were no surprises". "Secretary Pompeo and the other diplomats who will lead these talks no doubt have a lot of challenging tasks ahead of them, not only in getting North Korea to agree to significant follow-up measures, but in keeping Washington, Seoul and Beijing on the same page as each pursues bilateral engagement with Pyongyang", Daniel Wertz, associate director of the National Committee on North Korea, told Newsweek.

President Moon Jae-in is expected to be briefed personally by the U.S. secretary of state, who landed at Osan Air Base.

THE INTERNATIONAL community has welcomed the historic US-North Korea meeting as a milestone to "full denuclearisation" that will resolve tensions over the Korean Peninsula and open a path to global peace.

Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterised by bloodshed and threats. Bush took a tougher stance toward North Korea, and the 1994 nuclear deal collapsed because of suspicions that the North was running a secret uranium program.

Donald Trump left this week's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un having granted a huge last-minute concession: promising to stop what he called "war games" with South Korea.

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Experts have argued that the Trump-Kim statement fell short of achieving meaningful action towards denuclearization. Mr. Trump finally acknowledged.

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Canada's small community of North Korean defectors has been shocked and infuriated by Trump's contrasting treatment of the two leaders: insults for Justin Trudeau after the G7 meeting in Quebec and flattery for Kim Jong-un at the summit in Singapore. He gave Kim a glimpse of the presidential limousine.

TRUMP: "Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirms his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". The next military exercise is scheduled for August.

"We're signing a very important document, a pretty comprehensive document", Trump told the waiting reporters.

North Korean state TV, for its part, hailed Kim for "opening a new chapter" in relations with the US.

Park Won-gon at Handong Global University went further, slamming the agreement as "the scam of the century that reflected 99 percent of North Korea's wishes".

In Japan, the prospect of cancelled U.S. Both sides promised to push the process forward quickly, and Trump and Kim exchanged invitations to each other to visit their nations' capitals.

The upcoming joint exercise in August is more computer-based training. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

The conservative Chosun Ilbo, the country's biggest paper, was decidedly more critical, denouncing Trump for offering the end of military drills while failing to convince the North to commit to verifiably giving up its nukes for good.

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