[Newsmaker] South Koreans hope Trump-Kim meeting brings lasting peace

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on Monday

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on Monday

Hours after talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Security Council's sanctions against North Korea were created to be adjusted and could be suspended or lifted in accordance with the North's actions.

President Donald Trump says on Twitter, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", as he returns to the United States after his historic summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews early Wednesday morning, completing the president's marathon trip to Asia for talks with the North Korean leader.

Trump stunned observers on Tuesday, after meeting North Korea's leader, by saying the regular joint US-South Korea military exercises would be halted as Washington fleshes out a deal with Pyongyang.

In the two weeks following that summit, home prices rose by more than 50%, according to a local real estate agent interviewed by NPR.

When asked to clarify Pence's message on whether the joint military exercises would continue, Gardner, who leads a Senate panel overseeing policy toward North Korea, responded: "I think there are certain exercises that will continue, yes".

A major obstacle to reaching and implementing any nuclear deal is that the USA and North Korea have differing definitions of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Trump and Kim said they "commit to recovering" the remains of U.S. service members killed in the war of 1950-1953, "including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

"The North Koreans did not come with anything new", Hayden said on CNN.

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It said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the United States would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.

According to the Associated Press, the commitment to recover the remains of US military personnel missing in action and presumed dead from the Korean War is the most tangible outcome of the North Korea summit.

'There have been many disappointments along the road to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Watching a summit thought unimaginable just months ago, South Koreans raised both hope and concerns for future relations with the "brethren" North, which has been separated from the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Peskov adds, however, that given how complicated the situation is around North Korea, the Kremlin isn't expecting a quick resolution. "This person is not a wise representative for the U.S".

Meanwhile, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said "Our suspension for suspension process is right and has been realised", a BBC correspondent in China reported.

Given Kim only repeated vague commitments to pursue the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", some experts questioned whether Trump was making excessive concessions.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White denied that Mattis was caught off guard by the announcement, telling Pentagon reporters: "There were no surprises".

However, the minister noted that the direct contact between the U.S. and North Korean leaders is "worth support".

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