In Singapore, in a rambling press conference following the summit with Kim, Trump waxed on about not spending tax money on forward deployments of American troops and expensive military exercises, expressing the hope of withdrawing USA forces from Korea. He gave Kim a glimpse of the presidential limousine.
However, there was no mention of the previous United States aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" from Pyongyang.
US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer faulted Trump's agreement with Kim as short on details, saying the United States gave up "substantial leverage".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening.
"We're going to denuke North Korea", Trump told VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren, adding that USA troops stationed in South Korea will remain in place, but announcing one concession long-sought by North Korea was included in the document signed earlier in the day.
The mercurial Trump could also quickly shift his approach if he determines sufficient progress isn't being made. He added that the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides.
Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in the DPRK, no detail of nuclear reduction, the peace treaty and human rights. But Pyongyang appears to be betting on the model of "build it first" and then letting a long process of fruitless talks drag on later.
Iran itself cautioned North Korea against taking Trump at his word.
But Japan might need more convincing: The country relies heavily on USA military power for its own security. Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons received tacit support from Washington, which saw it as providing a guarantee of safety in a volatile region. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. "It is hard to solve them overnight". Kim, for his part, said the leaders had "decided to leave the past behind" and promised: "The world will see a major change".
"Pyongyang will read this as a concession that its nuclear and missile advancements purchased weaker language on denuclearization, " Mount said.
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Kim met the Singaporean prime minister , Lee Hsien Loong, briefly on Sunday, smiling broadly as the two posed for photographs. Trump canceled the summit last month after both sides exchanged criticism but then revived the summit after tensions cooled.
Senator Chris Van Hollen, also a Democrat, said of Trump's tweet about North Korea no longer presenting a threat: "This is truly delusional". Fears of conflict were particularly acute after Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" and Kim pledged to "tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".
But it was just days ago that trade tensions between the United States and its second-largest trading partner escalated following the G-7 meeting after Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a public spat.
"The results of the DPRK-U.S. summit are a correct and important step to achieve denuclearization, end the hostility and confrontation, and pursue lasting peace and prosperity on the peninsula. North Korea has great potential for the future!"
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Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations.
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".
Noting past North Korean promises to denuclearise, many analysts cast doubt on how effective Trump had been at obtaining Washington's pre-summit goal of getting North Korea to undertake complete, verifiable and irreversible steps to scrap a nuclear arsenal that is advanced enough to threaten the United States.
"You're talking about a very complex subject". "It takes a period of time".
Understanding that the survival of the Kim regime has, for decades, relied on a credible nuclear deterrent, Trump hopes to offer it a comprehensive alternative: A fundamental shift in relations that will enrich his country and protect the Kim family.
"I think we have a very good relationship".