US President Donald Trump plans to depart early from his unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the White House said yesterday, declaring that nuclear talks with the North have moved "more quickly than expected".
As part of the growing detente, the KCNA report also said that Kim had invited Trump to visit Pyongyang, an offer that the US president had accepted. Given that North Korea has halted missile and nuclear tests, that amounted to the dialogue and "suspension-for-suspension" model that China has advocated for years. The omission of the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" from the phrasing on denuclearization suggested North Korean resistance to Trump's requests.
Trump planned to speak to reporters after concluding the summit, the White House said. The statement made clear that Pyongyang was expecting US concessions before any moves by the North.
Xi's pre-summit meetings with Kim helped restore ties that had been frosty since both leaders took power around the same time about six years ago.
"No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research!"
The US has previously rejected demands for suspension of drills with South Korea, insisting they are not equivalent to the rogue state's weapons program. Neither the USA nor the South Korean government would confirm that the Trump administration warned President Moon Jae-in ahead of time about the decision to suspend exercises.
"We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", he said. He even adopted North Korea's language for the exercises, calling them "very provocative". -South Korea military exercises and ease crippling sanctions against Pyongyang, suggesting via state media that the American leader had explicitly acceded to two of the nuclear-armed nation's top goals during an "epoch-making" summit a day earlier.
Trump has said repeatedly that Tuesday's summit was only the start of a process and that the US would not ease up pressure on the North - including a crippling sanctions regime - until its goal of North Korea's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" is reached.
Bolton was criticized in the USA and North Korea after suggesting that if the Trump administration were to make concessions to the North as part of its diplomatic negotiations, it would be "looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004" as part of its negotiations about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.
"An audience of one", the official said.
South Korea, meanwhile, appeared to have been blindsided by Trump's change of heart on war games.
"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw U.S. troops from the South.
Trump expressed his intention to halt U.S. When asked why, Trump said on Tuesday: "Because there's no time".
"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Onodera was quoted as saying.
The defense chief added that Japan would continue its own joint exercises with the US and would stick to plans to boost its defense against the ballistic missile threat from the North.
Trump rejected the idea that the USA was the loser in the talks. "China of course supports it". Any instability - or alternatively, a deal that leads to a USA -aligned unified Korea - potentially could put American troops on its border.
Mr Trump's announcement, made in a press conference at the end of the historic summit with Mr Kim, could overturn longstanding USA policy and was described by experts as an "astonishing" concession.
"It was a positive sentiment for a photo op, but it is not meaningful progress from past agreements, " he said, speaking in Singapore.
-With assistance from Kanga Kong and Andy Sharp.