The two then signed a joint statement. This is it? This is, well, pathetic given that the United States president was personally involved. The second, Key Resolve, focuses more on command-and-control preparations, with a heavy reliance on computer simulation and about 12,200 USA troops and 10,000 South Koreans involved, the Pentagon said in the spring. The US president wanted to score his first major foreign policy achievement, with his tenure in office, so far, marked by growing tensions with neighbours and allies as well as a massive collapse in US global influence. "It's possible. We're dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible".
And in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lauded the agreement's references to denuclearization and said he was willing to engage with Pyongyang to resolve the Cold War abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korean spies.
The language used around the denuclearisation clause is thought to favour North Korea's view that the entire Korean Peninsula needs to denuclearise, likely including USA forces in South Korea.
The two countries will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.
Trump's declarations are likely to alarm conservatives in South Korea, who have appealed to him not to put their country's security at risk.
Democrats slammed Trump for making the agreement while accusing him of elevating North Korea in his "haste" in striking a deal.
"The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific", White said.
Veteran North Korea analyst Andrei Lankov said the deal had little value: "North Korea will be emboldened and the United States got nothing".
Earlier the two leaders shook hands and posed for photographs, before moving inside the hotel to talk to reporters.
Despite the desire by both Trump and Kim for a summit, the gulf between North Korea and the United States over what denuclearisation meant, and what security guarantees would be acceptable to each side, was unable to be bridged by last-ditch negotiations on Monday. Thus the summit undoubtedly helped the Korean regime partially lift the veil of its profound worldwide isolation.
North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and U.S. forces in South Korea.
"We overcame all kinds of scepticism and speculations about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", he said. He added Otto Warmbier, an American once detained in North Korea, "did not die in vain" because his death brought about the nuclear talks.