Seoul (June 13, 2018): Kim Jong-Un invited Donald Trump to visit North Korea during their historic summit and the US President accepted, Pyongyang media reported, calling it the start of a “radical switchover” in the nuclear-armed Cold War foes’ fraught relations.
The unprecedented encounter in Singapore on Tuesday saw the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations’ flags.Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang. Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting which was a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved international legitimacy.
In a blockbusting press conference after the summit, Trump said the US would halt military exercises with Seoul — something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbour, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force.
Both Seoul and US military commanders in the South indicated they had no idea the announcement was coming, and analysts expressed immediate concern.
In the event, the two leaders showered each other with compliments in the sumptuous setting of a luxury Singapore hotel.After a day filled with smiles and handshakes watched around the world, the US committed to provide security guarantees to North Korea, while Pyongyang committed to work towards denuclearising the Korean peninsula.