President Trump shows the document that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed acknowledging the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on Tue., June 12, 2018.

"Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", state-run Korean Central News Agency said, Reuters reported.

However, in the joint statement signed by the USA and North Korea, it only says that the country is committed to "working toward complete denuclearization".

Trump, however, said he did not discuss the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea with Kim.

"We're going to denuke North Korea", Trump told VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren, adding that USA troops stationed in South Korea will remain in place, but announcing one concession long-sought by North Korea was included in the document signed earlier in the day.

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that further USA talks with North Korea on how and when it will end its nuclear program will resume "sometime in the next week". "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

In a separate tweet Wednesday, Trump addressed the issue, saying that the US would "save a fortune" by not holding the "war games".

He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills. And so do the North Koreans.

"I do trust him, yeah", Trump said.

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Trump's chest-thumping tweets seemed reminiscent of the "Mission Accomplished" banner flown behind President George W. Bush in 2003 when he spoke aboard a Navy ship following the US invasion of Iraq.

The United States did, however, commit to suspending joint military exercises with South Korea, Trump told reporters before departing the summit site. In all, pundits claimed that Kim had walked away from the meeting with more concessions and wins than Trump.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer faulted Trump's agreement with Kim as short on details, saying the United States gave up "substantial leverage".

The US has been a major ally of Seoul since the Korean War in the 1950s, and is seen by many nations as the ultimate guarantor of security in the region.

For weeks, Pompeo and other officials have insisted North Korea must agree to "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" before economic sanctions can be lifted.

"I think he's going to do these things", Trump said. Trump later interacted with media persons from across the world covering the event.

But there has been scepticism from both Democrats and Republicans about the lack of detail and surprise announcement about an end to joint drills with South Korea. President Trump claimed that North Korea "has great potential for the future".

Just months ago, Kim and Trump were trading threats and personal insults as the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.


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