What was Donald Trump thinking when he saluted a North Korean general?

What was Donald Trump thinking when he saluted a North Korean general?

Frustrated with lukewarm backing from congressional Republicans, criticism from Democratic opponents and skepticism from allies and the media, Trump made a stop on the North Lawn of the White House to promote his agreement with Kim and challenge the blowback that it's vague and lacking in clear objectives. And he did avoid donning a big smile when he first met and shook hands with Kim. It is also hoping for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula so that there are no nuclear weapons in the peninsula and there is no need for the U.S. to deploy theatre missile defence systems in the region.

In the coming days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be working directly with North Korea to implement the denuclearization deal, he said, adding that in the meantime, sanctions will remain in place.

President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to South Korea on Thursday backed the idea of a "pause" in major military exercises with South Korea, while talks on the North's nuclear program continue.

"Our world has seen more than enough conflict". The U.S. goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, even in the most optimistic case, will likely take years - and that's assuming North Korea won't violate the accord, as it has every previous nuclear agreement.

Some of Trump's domestic critics have also condemned his decision to halt what the president calls "war games" with South Korea - using a pejorative term for military drills that U.S. officials have previously rejected.

"I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family", he told reporters.

Trump had said that he has shared his number with Kim.

"Really, he's got a great personality", Trump told Van Susteren.

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I call them war games.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

Independent experts estimate North Korea now has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs, and it has tested missiles that could potentially deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States mainland. "He gave us the remains of our great heroes ... nobody thought that was possible".

When we can be sure there will be no more nuclear, he responded.

Experts were concerned the moment could be used in North Korea's propaganda, but Mr Trump said he was showing respect to the general.

"I saved us a lot of money". "When Trump realised there wasn't going to be anything substantial in return, it was impossible for him to back out because he had already gone too far". He said it's meaningful in itself that the leaders of the USA and North Korea met, talked and signed an agreement that will carry more weight and significance than any pact previously made between the wartime foes.

According to a survey from Morning Consult, Politico, over half of respondents said the recent summit was "very or somewhat successful", while just 24% said it was unsuccessful.

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