Otto Warmbier's parents: ‘Hopefully something positive' will come from Trump-Kim summit

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The signatures of President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a document held up by Trump following a signing ceremony during their U.S.

"China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves", Geng said at a daily briefing. "I'm a realist. I'm not trying to bring democracy to North Korea". Moreover, Trump's zealousness for making a deal likely prevented him from pressing Kim on other issues, such as North Korea's missile programs and the nation's appalling and rampant human rights abuses.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone with Mr Trump for 20 minutes late on Tuesday, but an official readout of the call made no mention of military exercises, according to Reuters news agency.

On nuclear weapons, Mr Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

For his own part, Mr. Trump committed to "provide security guarantees" to North Korea.

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And then, in his usual style, Trump was thinking out loud about the "great condos" that might one day be built on the "great beaches" of North Korea.

The U.S. president and North Korean dictator met in Singapore on Tuesday, signing a historic agreement committing to a process of "complete denuclearization".

Trump made the comments as he and Kim walked together along balcony as they headed to a larger meeting with aides.

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.

Trump's unilateral declaration of suspension of the U.S. There was no proof, though, that this suspension were permanent rather than a simple freezing of activity while Kim negotiated with other countries like South Korea and the U.S.

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The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn labelled the President a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard". "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.

Perhaps most importantly, Trump did not succeed in getting Kim to clarify his definition of "denuclearization". "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune". "Think of it from the real estate perspective".

But the calls for action came amid surprising praise for the leader he had traded insults with over the past 12 months. "The Korean War never ended, it was a cease-fire and now we have a chance to put that conflict to bed". Kim, despite his goofy smile and amusing haircut, is a monstrous figure at the helm of one of the world's most repressive nations, where thousands of citizens have been murdered, tortured, imprisoned or raped, and where roughly 18 million people don't get enough food, according to the United Nations.

Trump responded that he was embracing diplomacy with Kim in hopes of saving as many as 30 million lives.

The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions for years as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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