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All of the concessions KCNA claims Trump made are also things China has said publicly it wants.

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Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for anywhere between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs, and past year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the US.

But the details of what is sure to be a complex and contentious process have yet to be settled.

Rosen noted that worldwide summits were often venues for the US president and American journalists to insist on joint news conferences with autocratic leaders or strongmen and their accompanying press corps, a form of soft diplomacy that demonstrated America's commitment to democratic institutions such as freedom of the press. There is an English language version and one in Korean, the narrator having a South Korean accent.

It also described the situation as "two countries fighting and pointing nuclear weapons at each other", suggesting that North Korea should be recognized as a nuclear power.

Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, where Kim stood as an equal with Trump in front of their nations' flags.

Trump's remarks came as a surprise to many in the US and South Korea as the exercises were seen as integral to their alliance and their joint deterrence against possible aggression from the communist North, Yonhap news agency reported. He said negotiations would recommence "in the next week or so".

Kim's vows to denuclearize were reported by state media Wednesday within that context - that Pyongyang would respond to easing of what it sees as the USA hostile policy against it with commensurate but gradual moves toward "the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "I suppose you could argue semantics, but let me assure you that it's in the document", Pompeo said.

President Trump arrives Wednesday morning at Joint Base Andrews after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Images of Mr Kim standing side-by-side with Mr Trump on the world stage were splashed across newspapers. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous USA statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea". The Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations both did so.

"There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for anywhere between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs. Their seemingly friendly meeting was in sharp contrast to their tit-for-tat insults and bellicose rhetoric late a year ago while Pyongyang carried out its biggest nuclear and missile tests.

But the ROK's presidential office said on Wednesday that it needs to get clarity on the exact meaning and intention of Trump's comments about the war games.

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