Kim summit drew global reaction, with many expressing cautious hope

U. S. President Donald Trump stands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un for

Setting out the United States position before the summit, Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation of the North.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting U.S. and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off.

The defense chief added that Japan would continue its own joint exercises with the USA and would stick to plans to boost its defense against the ballistic missile threat from the North.

The US President is reportedly spending a bit more time with PM Lee today - two hours of talks and a working lunch together with government officials from respective countries, according to Channel NewsAsia.

Any reduction in tensions on its doorstep is welcome for China, North Korea's closest ally, which accounts for around 90 percent of Pyongyang's trade.

President Trump said on Tuesday that he would like to lift sanctions against North Korea but it would not happen immediately. "We are proud of Otto and miss him. And we have been able, so far anyway, to provide that confidence".

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

Trump later extolled the North Korea leader on Twitter, writing that "there is no limit to what NoKo can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world".

Trump also called the war games "provocative" and "inappropriate", echoing language both Beijing and Pyongyang have used to characterise the annual war games that have been conducted for decades. "A leader I can do business with" under a picture of Trump and Kim shaking hands.

Washington and Seoul are security allies, with around 30,000 USA troops stationed in the South to defend it from its neighbour, which invaded in 1950.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Mr Trump expressed his intention to halt US-South Korean joint military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve.

But Tuesday's summit in Singapore was front page news on Wednesday, with multiple images of Mr Kim alongside Mr Trump.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) meets with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana presidential palace in Singapore on Sunday.

"We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family", they said. But he added that he hoped to speak to North Korea about the Cold War-era abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean spies. "This person is not a wise representative for the U.S".

Trump said top officials including hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton would next week be "going over the details to get this stuff done".

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