In the aftermath of the Singapore summit, the anti-Trump talking point is that Trump accomplished nothing of outcome.
Trump, who has frequently sparred with the media, was also unsparing in his criticism of television coverage of the summit, singling out two networks for scorn. Below is an abridged transcript.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un were the stars of the historic Singapore summit on Tuesday, but it was China's worldview that dominated. The details of how and when the North would denuclearize appear yet to be determined, as are the nature of the unspecified "protections" Trump is pledging to Kim and his government.
Well, so far, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are pretty much in line.
Trump's tweets pointed to one of the chief gains at the summit from the United States point of view - that its scheduling and the establishing of a relationship between the President and Kim have eased fears that the two sides are on a slide toward a disastrous war. The report said Kim told Trump "that it is urgent to make bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other". "I'm a realist. I'm not trying to bring democracy to North Korea". And how can the United States make sure Kim will keep his commitments?
That's perhaps the biggest of the many questions left unanswered by this joint statement on Tuesday. Asked about this yesterday, Trump said: "I think he wants to get it done. I really feel that very strongly".
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Today, the Kremlin publicly congratulated itself for supporting the Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore, Reuters reported.
"I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans", Pompeo said.
The Kremlin welcomed the summit as the start of direct dialogue and said such meetings "help reduce tensions on the peninsula". -South Korean drills was met with concern. This is something that most people thought would happen. Kim and Trump, obviously. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart.
Is this summit a game-changer for Asia and the rest of the world? It's also unclear what significant changes could occur now that they seem to be moving toward more peaceful relations.
Trump also said he hopes the thaw in relations with North Korea will eventually allow him to withdraw USA troops from the peninsula. Having open channels of communication can only minimize the risk of miscalculation. The framing that he went into the summit as an equal and from a position of strength is crucial within North Korea, after enduring years of tough sanctions while it pursued its nuclear ambitions.
And now here we are, talking seriously about not-nuking each other. "We paid for a big majority of them".
Although Trump declared North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, many experts are divided on whether the summit produced anything substantial, such as a clear timeline of denuclearization.