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-South Korea-Japan trilateral meeting, but she reaffirmed that the U.S. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

The Russian leader praised the historic meeting between the U.S. and North Korea, adding it was "without doubt just the first step towards a full-blown settlement".

On Thursday, the rival Koreas held rare high-level military talks to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border.

Pompeo thanked Beijing for its continuing efforts to help achieve the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea". But "I've never agreed with 100 percent of what this president says off the cuff like that".

Shi Yinhong, an worldwide relations expert at People's University in Beijing, said Trump's pledge to halt military maneuvers is, from China's perspective, nearly "too good to be true".

"Anything you negotiate with North Korea will have to come to Congress for our approval", Graham said. I am here to see it. Images of Mr Kim standing side-by-side with Mr Trump on the world stage were splashed across newspapers.

Pompeo's comments came after North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Trump had agreed to a "step-by-step" process, suggesting that North Korea would gain concessions from the USA at the same time. The United States also showed the North Koreans a movie trailer-style video of what the country could be in the future-which culminated in the president speculating about hotels and condos being built on the country's "great" beaches.

Baier pressed Mr. Trump on his praise for Kim, pointing to the North Korean leader's murderous regime record.




"If someone salutes you, your instinct is (probably) to return that salute, ' wrote Matt Lewis, a conservative columnist for The Daily Beast".

Trump's announcement minutes after the summit's conclusion that he would halt the "provocative" joint military drills were a shock to South Korea and caught much of the USA military off guard, too. The next military exercise is scheduled for August, and in years past, has drawn thousands of troops from the U.S., South Korea and other countries.

So Pompeo had some explaining to do as he traveled to Seoul to brief the allies on what transpired in Singapore.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono, at a joint press conference in Seoul yesterday morning with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung Wha, stressed that the US-South Korea military exercises, together with the Japan-US security alliance, "play an essential role" in North-east Asia's security.

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and US forces in Korea off guard.

"The South Koreans didn't know about it". "For North Korea, they got exactly what they wanted", said Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official current head of the Unification Strategy Centre in Seoul.

Pompeo's comments Thursday come amid uncertainty over what the US and North Korea's joint commitment "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" means in practice, and doubts over Trump's tweet that after the June 12 summit "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".


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