Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump Accept Each Other's Visit Invitations

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands after signing documents during a summit at the Capella Hotel

But it was a document vague in detail and lacking a time frame.

"For the record of history, never before has a U.S. President spoken this way of a dictator accused of crimes against his own people", former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), a frequent critic of the president, wrote on Twitter.

After the day of meetings, Trump said that the two had a "special bond" and that Kim was a "very talented man".

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting. Neither the US 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.

The meeting, long sought by Pyongyang, will be the first ever between a serving United States president and a North Korean leader, and will focus on the nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles the North has spent decades developing.

Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a stock phrase favored by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing USA demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

After a day filled with smiles and handshakes watched around the world, the USA "committed to provide security guarantees" to North Korea, while Pyongyang committed to "work towards" denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S. -DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

Two years ago Barack Obama travelled to Cuba - and was roundly denounced by conservatives for breaking bread with totalitarian leaders and praised by liberals for his statesmanship.

"We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit", Kim said, "and I believe that this is good prelude for peace".

"Trump, he has to make the agenda on the table about North Korean human rights", he said in a telephone interview. "We will be successful".

The declaration took some South Korean and US military officials by surprise - though US Defence secretary Jim Mattis was not among them, with spokeswoman Dana White saying "there were no surprises".

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia.

"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Mr Trump said, labelling the exercises "inappropriate" and "very provocative". "I don't say he was nice".

"Following this historic summit, I remain skeptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress", Portman said in a statement. "That's going to start very soon".

"I think Kim wanted to win the hearts [of people] and draw some sympathy for himself and his regime, as part of an effort to weaken resolve to maintain sanctions and pressure", Kovrig said. "I mean, they're going to be getting rid of sites".

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