China wants UN Security Council to lift sanctions on North Korea

Rodman is perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with both the US President - he participated on Trump's pre-presidency reality TV show, "The Celebrity Apprentice" - and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim said that the "world will see a major change" and he and Trump "decided to leave the past behind" as they put pen to paper.

That is, of course, correct.

The joint statement itself is a list of very basic and aspirational goals, signaling that the the meeting and the agreement merely mark the beginning of long and complicated negotiations between the United States and Kim's brutal dictatorship. Kim is widely believed to have ordered the execution of his own uncle and half-brother.

Trump had been scheduled to fly back to Washington tomorrow morning after spending today with Kim in Singapore, but on the eve of the summit, he altered his schedule, opting to return at about 8pm today after a full day of meetings with Kim - nearly 15 hours earlier than previously anticipated.

Trump added during a free-flowing news conference that Kim has before him "an opportunity like no other" to bring his country back into the community of nations if he agrees to give up his nuclear program.

The camera then panned to Kim who listened to the translation - and his reaction about their weight was utterly priceless.

The US and South Korea suspending their military exercises in exchange for the North stopping its missile launches and nuclear tests is the exact situation China wants to see on the peninsula.

A spokeswoman for USA military forces in Korea said it had not received any direction to cease joint military drills. The omission of the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" from the phrasing on denuclearization suggested North Korean resistance to Trump's requests.

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"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea.

In a press conference on day two in Singapore, Trump told the media that he trusts Kim will begin to dismantle his nuclear weapons program as well as its testing site.

"I think he loved it", the president said.

But the calls for action came amid surprising praise for the leader he had traded insults with over the past 12 months. North Korea has long objected to the drills as a security threat.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump would face opposition to any move to withdraw American forces from South Korea.

Nor does it detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the US and the North continue.

The two released the statement shortly after Trump's historic meeting with the North Korean leader concluded.

Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in the DPRK, no detail of nuclear reduction, the peace treaty and human rights.

"At the end of the day, this is the last, best chance to end this conflict without a war", Graham added.

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