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A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers a Korean War soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu North Korea

North Korea was the big victor in the summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, an analyst said Wednesday. Their seemingly friendly meeting was in sharp contrast to their tit-for-tat insults and bellicose rhetoric late previous year while Pyongyang carried out its biggest nuclear and missile tests. Baier pressed that point with Trump in Wednesday's interview.

When relations between the USA and the DPRK thawed slightly between 1990 and 2005, a repatriation agreement allowed 229 sets of remains to come home to American families.

GORDON: All right. Thank you.

At a news conference after the historic meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump announced he would halt what he called "very provocative" and expensive regular military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea.

"I'm not for Russian Federation, I'm for the United States", Trump said. No details of what those steps would be were given.

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year", the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a summary of the meeting.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands during an expanded bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Otto Warmbier, 22, traveled to North Korea in December 2015 on a tour. The two sides promised to hold follow-up negotiations.

From the staged handshake before a watching world, to the debut of an infomercial about an imagined North Korea, the summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a made-for-the-cameras production.

Trump also said that his meeting with Kim was an "interesting and very positive experience" and that "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

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 their country, no details of nuclear reduction or the peace treaty ending the Korean War from the early 1950s, and human rights. Kim Jong-un indicated that in Singapore and shared that vision.

Trump has been on a victory tour of sorts since he returned from the historic summit, where he was the first US president to meet with a sitting leader from North Korea.

The top US diplomat was set to arrive in Seoul later in the day.

"I'm not going to talk to internal processes and discussions that were had", he said.

The Rodong Sinmun, the ruling Workers' Party newspaper, focused on photographs of Kim and Mr Trump shaking hands. "My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive".

"I am confident that we took a very good, significant step in Singapore", Pompeo told Moon on Thursday. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous US statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea".

"For now, there still is a need to find out the exact meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks", a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office said, reacting to the surprise announcement.

"I think, can you ensure anything?"

The presentation bemused those of us packed into the press hall - we thought at first it was North Korean propaganda.

"Otto did not die in vain".

If Kim's nuclear program becomes globally accepted as a menace to maintain rather than eliminate, the precedent could be risky for non-proliferation, said Lewis. It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration. But again, the president suggested Kim isn't the world's worst butcher.

"Today, we had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator. But it is important to note the context before and after the summit to see how far Trump is unmooring America from the role it has championed since the second world war.

Asked about his having suggested Russian Federation be let back into the G7, Trump said of that meeting, "We spent about 25% of our time talking about Russian Federation".

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