Kim summit: Nigerian govt reacts to outcome

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As they watched footage of the historic summit between leaders of the United States and North Korea on Tuesday, relatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago expressed hope that the landmark meeting in Singapore will lead to the return of their loved ones.

Trump and Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit Tuesday with the signing of the document, which the USA president described as "pretty comprehensive".

The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S. -DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to providing security guarantees for its old enemy.

"Unfortunately, we do not know if Kim has made a strategic decision to denuclearise and it is unclear if further negotiations will lead to the end goal of denuclearisation", said Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at Washington's Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

North Korea clearly extracted more tangible victories from the summit than the U.S. Trump vowed to pause military exercises on the Korean Peninsula during negotiations, a substantial concession that apparently even caught the South Koreans (with whom the U.S. conducts those military exercises) off-guard.

"We actually have a new deal with South Korea in terms of the trade deal but we have to talk to many countries about trading us fairly".

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Pompeo is scheduled to immediately fly to Seoul and Beijing after the summit to brief South Korean allies and Chinese officials on the discussions, reflecting the reality than any solutions in the region will need buy-in from those nations.

The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries. On May 24, North Korea began demolishing its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

"In the short term, President Trump can claim he defused a very risky situation, but it's going to come back to haunt the U.S. and its allies because basically Trump has unintentionally, but in real terms, given a blank check, a free pass, to Kim to carry on, to basically continue what he's doing", as sanctions enforcement is eased, Lee said.

It's the summit itself that represents Trump's most significant victory, giving him a genuine achievement that none of his predecessors can lay claim to.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the USA negotiating team "delivers for America's swagger".

The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbor, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force. USA officials in South Korea had "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises", the Associated Press reports.

But Daniel Davis, a retired army lieutenant colonel and fellow at the Defense Priorities military think tank, said suspending the drills would have no short-term impact on US and South Korean military readiness. North Korea also insists that the US troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North. "He understands it", Trump said of Kim's response.

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