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While the talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore focused on denuclearisation and peace on the Korean Peninsula, the North Korean leader's human rights record was also on the agenda. Trump said there would be "many meetings" between the two men.

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. "I may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey, I was wrong, '" Trump told reporters. In a separate interview with ABC News, he said the North Korean people have a "great fervor" for Kim - something North Koreans often have to show or face punishment.

It had been made in America, by or on the orders of his White House, for the benefit of Kim. "The bad news is that the hard decisions now need to be made on a relatively tight timeline".

"People in the U.S. Government don't do a lot of work trying to find the right talking points to get the right messages to the other side".

"If I have to say I'm sitting on a stage with Chairman Kim and that gets us to save 30 million lives - it could be more than that - I'm willing to sit on a stage, I'm willing to travel to Singapore, very proudly", Trump said.

After almost five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and the US agreed to "provide security guarantees".

At one point, it features a montage with babies and auto factories, suggesting what a more prosperous future for North Korea could look like if it agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal.

The summit capped a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked USA allies over the weekend by using a meeting in Canada of the Group of Seven industrialized economies to alienate America's closest friends in the West. Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It was not immediately clear whether the freeze represents a major concession or not.

At the heart of negotiations was the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula in exchange for "security guarantees" for the North's mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un. The president's comments and face-to-face meeting with Kim have sparked criticism that he could legitimize or embolden North Korea's regime.

Mr. DeTrani, meanwhile, highlighted the overall progress at hand.

"It's a victory for North Korea, in having initiated an open-ended, drawn-out negotiation process that ensnares the USA into not enforcing sanctions", said Lee.

"South Korea is a little confused".

Mr Trump later said he would halt U.S. military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession.

Others take a more dim view, pointing out that the first two bullet points - committing to a new relationship with Pyongyang and a "stable peace regime" - benefit only the North Koreans.

He also called a unilateral halt to "very provocative" USA military exercises with South Korea, claiming they were "very expensive" and the USA pays for "a big majority of them". Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner said Pence told them that small-scale exercises would continue, but "war games will not".

"[It] needs to be clarified by the South Koreans and also by the White House, exactly what we mean".

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