Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

North Korea Summit: Best Donald Trump & Kim Jong-un Memes

North Korea Summit: Best Donald Trump & Kim Jong-un Memes

"North Korea had rice and medicine aid from the United States and other countries before, but that did not trickle down to ordinary people", said Park Hyun-sook, a defector who spoke to two relatives inside the North by phone on Saturday.

If there is one thing that President Donald Trump accomplished by meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, it is to shed image of the "dotard" in the country's state-controlled media and winning praise for his "will and enthusiasm".

"Any improvement I think in the bilateral relationship for the USA and North Korea, China could potentially see as a loss for China", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. "So, when Trump tells a room full of journalists that the North Korean leader has shown "his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and will get started as soon as he lands in Pyongyang, even the most die-hard optimist might struggle to believe it", wrote Sreemoy Talukdar. They've been there a long time.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued.

That could be good news for Tehran, Haaretz's Zvi Bar'el writes: "If a paper like the one Trump and Kim signed had been signed by Iran, not only would Israel have gone insane; Europe also would deem it remiss in failing to meet the necessary minimum to reduce the Iranian threat".

North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice that Seoul's then leader refused to sign and divided the peninsula along the demilitarised zone.

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"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Onodera was quoted as saying.

North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore and they had access to Kim that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world.

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.

It appears to reflect a new confidence among officials in North Korea that the isolated country has really been accepted onto the world stage. It also said Trump committed to unspecified "security guarantees" for Pyongyang, and to "lift sanctions against it".

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills.

Trump declared he and Kim had developed "a very special bond", and Kim said the leaders had "decided to leave the past behind" and promised, "The world will see a major change".

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Trump left before negotiating details of North Korea's denuclearization, but he claimed victory and took a shot at his predecessor.

The Pentagon said Tuesday it was consulting with the White House and others, but was silent on whether the August exercise would proceed. -South Korean drills was met with concern.

According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said it was "urgent" for North Korea and the United States to halt "irritating and hostile military actions against each other" during the talks on Tuesday.

Trump has drawn bipartisan criticism at home for agreeing to pause joint U.S.

'Today's Rodong Sinmun wants to show Kim Jong Un played a huge part and seized a great victory, ' said Moon Hong-sik, research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy.

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