Americans have long hoped for a peaceful denuclearization of North Korea

Evan Vucci  AP

The summit between the two leaders occurred on Monday evening United States time and Tuesday in Singapore, ending with Trump and Kim vowing to "denuke" North Korea. According to current reports, it ended amicably with the two shaking hands and smiling, though details of their plan still need to be hashed out.

The summit, where Trump and Kim signed a joint statement agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, was held on the one-year anniversary of Warmbier's release. "I think without Otto this would not have happened".

It was signed by Trump and Kim shortly after they met privately and with their respective administrations, with the paperwork stipulating that Kim has 'reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula'.

In this January 2016 US Air Force handout photo, a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducts a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base, South Korea, in response to provocative action by North Korea.

Tuesday saw the South Korean Presidential office say Seoul "needs to figure out the precise meaning and intention of Trump's comments".

Following the talks, Second Deputy Chief of the Presidential National Security Office Nam Gwan-pyo said it was "significant" that the two leaders had learned to trust each other as partners to resolve issues through dialogue. What does Donald Trump want?

"Otto did not die in vain", Trump said as he discussed North Korea's human rights record.

Mr Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Mr Kim, and would "absolutely" invite him to Washington. Trump described the destruction of the site as a "big thing".

Kim has a 'one-time shot'
The summit has fuelled hopes in South Korea that the two leaders may weigh a formal declaration to end the Korean War. We really think that North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time.

The joint agreement states the USA and North Korea will commit to hold follow-up negotiations at the earliest possible date to carry out the agreement reached at the summit.

"Without support from China, it's really hard for Washington and Pyongyang to press ahead on denuclearisation and the peace process", Cheng said.

"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should", Trump said.

Trump said, however, that he was willing to stop joint US-South Korea military drills, a key demand from Pyongyang.

"But we believe it is necessary to come up with various measures to improve dialogue more smoothly", the Blue House said.

"This is just a beginning and there may be many difficulties ahead, but we will never go back to the past again and never give up on this bold journey", Moon said.

The President was widely panned by the mainstream media over his harsh rhetoric, with pundits and liberal lawmakers calling Trump "crazy" and "bellicose" over his stark language.

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