SINGAPORE — US President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party.
Both leaders seemed to be pleased with the outcome of their negotiations, which resulted in a four-point declaration aimed at achieving long-lasting peace and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
In a press conference at the end of the summit, Trump seemed convinced that “it would be complete denuclearisation and would be verified as soon as possible,” and that his deal is very different to any other.
Trump announced he would halt what he called ‘very provocative’ and expensive regular military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea.
Trump called the declaration signed at end of the summit with Kim Jong-un ‘comprehensive’ but it only contained four generalised main points and was very light on detail.
He claimed “it was a bold step to a bright new future” and “only the most courageous can make peace”.
“Got along great with Kim Jong-un who wants to see wonderful things for his country,” Trump tweeted.”As I said earlier today: Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace!”
…Got along great with Kim Jong-un who wants to see wonderful things for his country. As I said earlier today: Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace! #SingaporeSummit
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2018
Likewise, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Trump to visit his country a convenient time, according to KCNA news agency.
“Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the US,” the state KCNA news agency said. “The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations.”
Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely
COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.
The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.
“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.