Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime

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Sakie Yokota, whose daughter Megumi was kidnapped at age 13, told reporters she was encouraged by Trump's talks with Kim and said she had urged Abe to resolve the issue quickly. The statement came despite the lack of concrete proof that North Korea will discontinue its nuclear program.

Trump made the announcement of the freeze at a news conference following the summit and initially appeared to catch U.S. Forces Korea, the Pentagon and the South Koreans by surprise, although Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said through a spokeswoman that he had been told beforehand.

"We should give major exercises a pause to see if Kim Jong Un is serious about his part of the negotiations", Harris said at a Senate hearing to consider his nomination to be USA ambassador in Seoul.

While acknowledging it was a "natural" decision to suspend joint exercises as a security guarantee for North Korea, Dr Shin stressed there should be a common understanding that the freeze applies only if the regime stays in dialogue. These are very threatening to North Korea, they always have been, but I've never heard a president say they're provocative. -South Korea joint military exercises if talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States continue.

"But he's a killer", O'Reilly said to Trump.

He said to the North Korean leader in televised footage: "Come to Russian Federation". Several Japanese media outlets said Kim had expressed a readiness to meet Abe when he held a summit with Trump. "North Korea has great potential for the future!" Kim wants cessation of the war games, which he's already gotten, and normalization of relations with the US -which would probably have to come in the context of a peace treaty, because you really can't sign a peace treaty with a country that you don't recognize.

Chancellor Angela Merkel: Trump's rejection of G7 communique 'sobering' and 'depressing'
Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads. The German leader said she had no idea of Donald Trump's motive for suggesting to revive the G8 format.

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the suspension of drills a mistake, a bad negotiating tactic and a move that undermines USA security.

"The No. 1 problem with this, geopolitically, is that it suggests to our allies that we are just incompetent, that we don't recognize the threat", Green said.

President Donald Trump saluted North Korean general and defense minister No Kwang Chol during the Singapore summit, as seen in a video released by the country's state media.

Trump, on the other hand, has promised loudly and repeatedly that this process will end with North Korea's disarmament.

The first that is likely to be on the chopping block is Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual exercise typically held in late August or early September that relies heavily on computer simulation and focuses on protecting South Korea from an attack. But if we know one thing about negotiations in general, and negotiations with North Korea, it is this: If you can't write it down, you don't have a deal.

"A clear direction is set, but specific ways to realize the goal still remain a question", Moon said, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

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