North Korean state media claimed in a glowing announcement Tuesday that President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un invited one another to their respective countries during their landmark summit in Singapore.
Beyond the impact on both leaders' political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people - the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North's nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide.
[Kirby] also remarked on the "terrible situation in relation to food" and the "fact that, on figures that North Korea itself acknowledges, 27% of babies are born stunted".
"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to war with North Korea".
Trump said he urged Kim and other North Korean officials to watch a four-minute video produced before the Singapore summit. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"
Trump said that the process of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula will begin "very soon" as he wrapped up a landmark summit with Kim Jong Un.
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When Kim put out her hand for a shake, she was unapologetically rebuffed by her younger sister. Kim said: "I feel bad because they're sneaking in the room in the middle of the night".
"We had nothing to do with that film", Castaldo said in a telephone interview, adding he had awoken to a deluge of calls and emails from journalists around the world. "A lot of progress", Trump said after the meeting. After greeting each other, the two leaders planned to sit for a one on one meeting that a USA official said could last up to two hours, with only translators joining them.
"This is Trump's natural setting - he's used to being in front of TV cameras while this might not be so natural for Kim", he said. Trump had the video made for Kim and personally showed it to him on an iPad when the two met.
He also met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May and June in Pyongyang and NY.
From there, according to the White House, the meeting will expand to include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills.