"Kim said he was pleased to meet with President Trump and his team from the United States and praised President Trump's will and aspiration to overcome the hostile past between the two countries, and to find realistic solutions to problems through communication and cooperation", part of the story said.
US President Donald Trump plans to depart early from his unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the White House said yesterday, declaring that nuclear talks with the North have moved "more quickly than expected".
Former businessman Trump said as he met Kim for the first time: "I feel really great".
Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., speaks on Capitol Hill, May 17, 2018. There was plenty of talk of "historic first steps", in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's words, but concern over how the yet-to-be negotiated verification details will turn out.
But while the Republicans sounded an optimistic note, the Democrats see pitfalls in what's described as a mostly aspirational statement from both sides that sets no timetables and leaves key terms undefined. But the North has long sought an end to the USA military presence in the South, where Washington has around 28,000 troops stationed to protect it from its neighbour. The two sides also promised to hold follow-up negotiations.
Just hours after Mr Kim Jong Un wrapped up a surprise sightseeing tour of Singapore on Monday, North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun crammed its front page with photos of the reclusive leader.
"The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations".
Turnbull echoed that line: "I want to say that I do not believe that summit would have occurred had it not been for the absolute solidarity on the very tough economic sanctions on North Korea that have been imposed by the UN security council, that's had the support, obviously, of the United States and Japan and Australia and other countries, but also China".
"These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation", the report stated. We have. We know how it could end unless the Trump administration is capable of writing a different ending.
Kim is a dictator who has purged a number of rivals while starving and oppressing his own population.
"His instinct to stop what he called "provocative military exercises" and to reduce their cost - that's something that he's had in his mind now from day one", Bossert said. Now, with Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un, the tables have been turned.
But Republicans insist they are clear-eyed about the challenges ahead.
"I think, without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump told reporters.
Later the narrator says "a new world can begin today", as an animated sequence suggests what the impoverished North Korea could look like from space if it was as brightly lit up at night as the far more prosperous South Korea.