Korean-Canadian community torn over Trump-Kim summit

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shake hands

A bonus for today's summit is that direct relations between North Korea and the U.S. would dampen China's influence somewhat, though not completely.

North Korea said Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will discuss "denuclearization" and "durable peace" on the Korean peninsula during their upcoming summit.

The report from the Korean Central News Agency, which was published after Kim returned home from his meeting, noted Trump's vow to suspend USA military drills in South Korea.

Lasting peace has obvious benefits for China, especially in bolstering the development of its rust-belt and landlocked northeast which borders North Korea and would suffer in the even of conflict.

He had been imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said. The U.S. would also stop joint military exercises in South Korea.

Chinese state media described the summit as a "starting point" but said "no-one would expect the half-day summit to be able to iron out all differences and remove deep-seated mistrust between the two long-time foes".

In a post-summit interview with ABC News, the president said he was confident that the agreement meant full denuclearisation.

The US has offered North Korea "unique" security guarantees to persuade it to give up its nuclear arsenal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, on the eve of a historic summit in Singapore.




"President Trump has also taken a firm stand against Iran's efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons, and also against its aggression in the Middle East", Netanyahu said.

In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe applauded the "courage and determination" of the two leaders.

Lee continued: "The third thing is a leader in South Korea that also has his own economic interests in engaging with the North".

"We appreciate President Trump's recent comments about our family", they said.

Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps.

Joint U.S. and South Korea military exercises occur regularly on the Korean Peninsula and have long angered North Korea, with Mr. Kim - like his father and grandfather before him - having called the drills a preparation for invasion of the North and seized on them as an impetus for hurling threats at Washington and Seoul.

"It's very unfair to our farmers, and it's very unfair to the people of our country", Trump said Tuesday. "They're gonna put it together, and I think they're going to end up with a very strong country, and a country which has people-that they're so hard working, so industrious".

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