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The Singapore summit was certainly historic in the sense that this was the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president, but the results are harder to judge.

"China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves", Geng said at a daily briefing. "I believed in North Korea". They sat across the table from Kim and his team.

Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds.

"I think he loved it", Trump said during his post-meeting news conference.

Geng dismissed accusations from Trump that Beijing has been easing up on the sanctions, saying it is following United Nations sanctions "comprehensively, accurately and strictly".

After the signing, Trump said he expected to "meet many times" in the future with Kim and, in response to questions, said he "absolutely" would invite Kim to the White House.

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S. -DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. He added Otto Warmbier, an American once detained in North Korea, "did not die in vain" because his death brought about the nuclear talks.

The historic agreement came after the two leaders held several meetings throughout the day. They discussed Singapore-North Korea relations and developments on the Korean peninsula amidst Kim thanking the Singaporean premier for hosting the summit.

The two leaders signed copies of the document, in Korean and English, at a signing ceremony to conclude their summit in Singapore - the first ever meeting of the North Korean and USA heads of state.

Many lawmakers from both parties, while unready to declare the summit a diplomatic victory or defeat, remained skeptical the USA could successfully negotiate a deal toward peace with Kim - but are letting the process play out.

The optimistic summit was a remarkable change in dynamics from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening "fire and fury" against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

Trump's unilateral declaration of suspension of the U.S.

"The world will see a major change", he continued through a translator. Instead of months or years of low-level talks culminating in a landmark accord, Trump agreed to a face-to-face meeting with Kim at the outset, before either side had even agreed on a broad definition of denuclearization.

Uncertainty on the issue loomed especially large Tuesday morning in Washington, where long-time North Korea watchers are all too aware that Mr. Kim's father Kim Jong-il explicitly committed back in 2005 to "abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs", only to renege on the promise in the years that followed. Suspending the "war games" could harm US security interests in the region, which would create tension between the USA and its allies.

"Think of it from the real estate prospective. At the end of the day, this is our last best chance to end this conflict without a war".

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting.

Trump's scorecard is far more mixed.

  • Marlene Weaver