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Trump and Kim Sign Agreement

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Trump and Kim Sign Agreement

US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "tremendous."

The signed document includes a pledge from Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, report the BBC and CNN.

But in an extraordinary media conference later, Trump announced details not in the paper.

He said he would halt US military exercises in South Korea, something widely seen as a concession.

The meeting was the first time a sitting US president has met North Korea's leader, and caps a remarkable turnaround for the two.

Last year saw the pair sling insults at each other, while North Korea conducted several ballistic missile tests in defiance of the international community.

According to CNN, the talks featured "fulsome declarations of a new friendship but just vague pledges of nuclear disarmament.

"For Trump, that amounted to a triumphant outcome in his extraordinary gamble with the rogue kingdom's despotic leader. But there were scant details on what new commitments had been secured from Kim, even as Trump announced he would end the regular military exercises the US conducts with South Korea."

What was achieved in terms of specifics and whether complete and verifiable nuclear disarmament is indeed the final outcome of Tuesday's summit won't be known for years.

"But the dramatic act of extending his hand to one of America's long-time adversaries will forever illustrate Trump's gut-driven, norm-shattering tenure," says the CNN report.

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