President Trump meets Kim Jong Un

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After wrapping up a historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump told reporters on Tuesday he is halting the "war games" consisting of joint military exercises with South Korea.

In the end, he simply hitched a ride from his pal President Xi Jinping on an Air China Boeing 747 - a surprising move given North Korea's insistence on "juche" or self-reliance. They sat across the table from Kim and his team.

It's a surreal image: Dennis Rodman, standing in Singapore, wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and sunglasses, giving an interview through tears as he cheers for President Donald Trump.

Geng dismissed accusations from Trump that Beijing has been easing up on the sanctions, saying it is following United Nations sanctions "comprehensively, accurately and strictly".

In a formal statement, White said the Pentagon welcomed "the positive news coming out of the summit and fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically-led efforts with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

Mr Kim also "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

That matters because North Korea has pledged to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in virtually all agreements since 1992, but implementation has broken down due to a lack of consensus on what that means.

Rodman, who has previously boasted of his role in bringing the two leaders together, described how he always believed in helping North Korea.

He cited American college student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested by North Korean authorities in 2016 and died a year ago after being repatriated to the United States with severe brain damage.

While the discussions between the two leaders were no doubt serious, people have also been talking about a joke from the President that seemed to fall flat on its feet.

At a news conference wrapping up the summit, Trump told reporters he and Kim "have developed a very special bond".

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

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk in the Capella Hotel after their working lunch, on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Suspending the "war games" could harm US security interests in the region, which would create tension between the USA and its allies. The longtime property developer-turned-politician later mused about the potential value of condos on the country's beachfront real estate.

"The Singapore summit communique is a good but minimal basis upon which to negotiate further detailed action steps on denuclearization and creating a "peace regime" on the Korean Peninsula", said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association. "The Korean War never ended, it was a cease-fire and now we have a chance to put that conflict to bed".

"There can only be two results: one of moving back, or one of moving forward", the narrator says.

If, as Trump said on Tuesday he sensed, Kim wants the grand bargain of disarmament for economic integration, the personal endorsement from the two leaders on negotiations may be all that counts.

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