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US-NK Summit : Trump says he will halt Korea war games, Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang

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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.

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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!”

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.”

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

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The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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