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During the summit, Kim said that North Korea would get rid of its nuclear weapons in return for security guarantees from the US.

After almost five hours of talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, Trump surprised reporters by stating that the US would cease military exercises on the Korean Peninsula, a longstanding goal for Pyongyang - and one that wasn't included the document the leaders signed.

Trump's Tuesday meeting with Kim produced a wave of USA concessions in exchange for vague, nonbinding promises from North Korea, but it did make nuclear war all but inconceivable at the present moment.

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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.

President Donald Trump promised he had solved the nuclear problem with North Korea in a series of tweets after arriving back in Washington, D.C.

He added, "Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

While Mr Trump has confirmed Mr Kim has agreed to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it was only briefly referenced twice in the article.

Kim has framed the switch as a natural next step now that he has what he stresses is a credible and viable nuclear arsenal capable of keeping the U.S.at bay.

He said he was pinning his hopes on the youthful age of the North Korean leader, who is in his mid-thirties and seems ready "to change his position".

In 1985, North Korea signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was to be a landmark worldwide treaty to "prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament".

Logically, Trump should receive no credit if you believe he brought us to the brink of war with North Korea and then pulled us back.

Highlighting the continued differences in the two countries' views of the denuclearization process, the report also said that they had agreed on a "step-by-step" approach. "We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family".

If he was forced to negotiate by US pressure, it certainly wasn't obvious.

This question led to some of the most interesting exchanges during Trump's sprawling news conference after the signing with Kim.

The speed of the coverage in Rodong Sinmun and other state media is unusual in a country where events are often reported a full day, if not longer, after they happen. And why wasn't the South Korean president invited?

Kwang Yoon, a 59-year-old engineer, said the summit marked a "first step" toward a lasting peace.

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

Trump said Tuesday that he would invite Kim to the White House at an "appropriate time". -North Korea relations and to recover the remains of prisoners of war and military members missing in action.

"His country has to be de-nuked, and he understood that, he fully understood that", Trump said.