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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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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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