Trump says Kim Jong Un will "start now" on denuclearization

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Trump says Kim Jong Un will "start now" on denuclearization

"We have the framework for getting ready to denuclearize", Mr. Trump said in an interview with ABC News' George Stephanoplous. "I'm a realist. I'm not trying to bring democracy to North Korea".

Kim said he wanted to express his gratitude to President Trump for making the meeting happen.

The meeting was the first time a sitting USA president has met North Korea's leader. The current leader's father, Kim Jong Il, was a longtime movie buff who had thousands of titles in his film collection and once led North Korea's ministry of propaganda.

"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea.

The president was more talkative when discussing how Kim had reacted to the video, which Trump had presumably played for him during a brief, private meeting hours earlier.

"The past doesn't have to be the future", a narrator says as the video showed the demilitarized zone that has separated North and South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

In return Mr Trump axed the drills with, it seems, no warning to Seoul (or even United States forces).

"The UN Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing. He even adopted North Korea's language for the exercises, calling them "very provocative".

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 USA dotard". Following the G-7, he backed out of a joint communique signed by the six other members, and insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "weak" and "dishonest" for criticizing US tariffs. Will this leader choose to advance his country and be part of a new world? The document, which offers few details about how the aims will be accomplished, says North Korea commits to working towards denuclearization. Kim became the leader of North Korea in 2011 and is often described as a "brutal dictator". "And he said, 'Hey, Dennis, I would like to ask you three things". At the same time, the spokesman didn't condemn the decision, and Seoul has repeatedly pressed for a cautious approach to North Korea rather than the hasty agreement that Trump and Pompeo had originally pursued. Mr Trump said he wanted to see USA troops withdraw from the South.

Rodman, who expects Tuesday's summit to be a success, said the outcome would be dependent on the ability of the two leaders to strike up a personal relationship.

Trump rejected the idea that the US was the loser in the talks. "We don't need a miracle, we just need the doors to be open so we can start fresh and make this place a better world, baby, that's it". "The meeting was every bit as good for the United States as for North Korea". The two sides promised to hold follow-up negotiations. "China of course supports it". They're getting rid of things that haven't been mentioned in the document. Any instability - or alternatively, a deal that leads to a USA -aligned unified Korea - potentially could put American troops on its border. They sat across the table from Kim and his team.

We firmly reject any false equivalency between North Korea's illegal nuclear and missile programs, which are enormously destabilizing and have been repeatedly condemned by the UN Security Council, and our long-standing joint activities with our allies, which are transparent and defensive in nature.

"We had it made up".

-With assistance from Kanga Kong and Andy Sharp.