Kim invites Trump to visit Pyongyang as North hails 'radical switchover'


Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

On a point that's harder to quantify, Trump also granted what Kim Jong-un, a dictator who executed more than 100 officials to secure power and has overseen the starvation of hundreds of thousands of citizens, has sought for a long time: a seat at the worldwide table.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting United States and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have reportedly exchanged mutual state visit invitations during a historic Singapore summit, where the North Korean leader emphasized the need to halt hostile and irritating actions against each other.

"I want to see the President succeed", she said, "but a handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal".

On the domestic front, Trump is likely to tout his diplomatic engagement with North Korea as proof he is working to protect the United States as part of his "America First" agenda, although the summit did not appear to yield specific safeguards against Pyongyang's long-range nuclear missiles.

The reported agreement, if confirmed by the United States, could be considered as a concession by Trump because US officials had called for the North to take swift disarmament measures before getting major outside concessions and benefits.

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Tuesday that it had received "no updated guidance" yet related to the regular exercises with South Korea that President Donald Trump said he will stop.

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But US officials told AFP they were taken aback by the news, and Pentagon personnel spent the morning in meetings discussing what could amount to an epic shift in the US military's posture in South Korea.

Both Seoul and USA military commanders in the South indicated they had no idea the announcement was coming, and analysts expressed immediate concern.

"It was a great success for North Korea", said Sung-Yoon Lee, a professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University who is an expert on Korea. Several hours after Trump's remarks, the Pentagon put out a brief statement welcoming "positive news" from Singapore, but it remained silent on whether Ulchi Freedom Guardian will proceed.

"We have watched this historic U.S".

"We have a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind and we are about to sign a historic document", Kim said. "The objective of those exercises is to maintain the readiness of South Korean and U.S. forces to defend South Korea if necessary; they are a permanent necessity to maintain deterrence, not a bargaining chip".

But Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel and fellow at the Defense Priorities military think tank, said suspending the drills would have no short-term impact on US and South Korean military readiness. The supreme leader, Trump said, was happy to accommodate the request.

Melissa Hanham of the US-based Center for Nonproliferation Studies said on Twitter that North Korea had "already promised to do this many times", adding the two sides "still don't agree on what "denuclearisation" means".