China's foreign ministry embraced the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday, expressing support for the "equal talks" and praising the leaders for "creating a new history" in Singapore. On the flipside, critics said the welcome Trump was giving Kim in Singapore would legitimise one of the world's worst human rights offenders.
Suzanne DiMaggio, who facilitated the first official discussions between North Korea and the Trump administration past year, recently said that without aides present "the fear is that he [Trump] might give away too much".
"I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast.it may not".
Trump described Kim as a "very worthy, very smart negotiator".
Light on specifics, the document signed by the leaders largely amounted to an agreement to continue discussions as it echoed previous public statements and past commitments. Instead, the meet will set the ball rolling for a long dialogue between the two nuclear powers.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and US President Donald Trump shake hands prior to their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea.
An Emotional Dennis Rodman Praises Trump For Meeting With Kim Jong Un, Says Obama Brushed Him Off
It is the first time a sitting U.S. president has ever met a North Korean leader.
The previous day he had an easier task during Kim's meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who speaks simple English as a second language.
"The world will see a major change", he said.
Trump did most of the talking, and Kim appeared to listen attentively, turning to him three times during their walk toward their meeting room.
The U.S. president said he ultimately wanted to bring the U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea home, although now he had no plan to scale back the U.S. military presence there.
In an emotional interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a "Make America Great Again" hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Mr Trump's historic meeting with Mr Kim.
Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement on Tuesday that North Korea would move toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, while the United States committed to providing security guarantees, and suspending war games with its ally in Seoul.
"We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", he said. "We can't go too terribly wrong without doing these exercises without having some impact".
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