Trump heaps praise on 'tough guy' Kim Jong Un

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But Victor Cha, a former United States pointman on North Korea, gave Trump more credit, writing in The New York Times: "Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war".

But no rational and objective observer who followed the summit and saw Trump and Kim behaving so cordially can believe that Trump is leading the USA into a nuclear war with North Korea. But he noted that the "war games" with South Korea that Trump said he will end, will continue if the North Korean leader doesn't follow through on his commitments.

The meeting between the two world leaders in Singapore culminated in an agreement that commits the U.S.to offering unspecified "security guarantees" for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Critics said the unprecedented encounter was more style than substance, producing a document short on details about the key issue of Pyongyang's atomic weapons.

US critics of the deal said it was short on details and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim, especially the USA leader's unexpected announcement that the United States is ending its military exercises with South Korea, long an irritant to North Korea.

"Only five months ago, based on my conversations with this administration, I thought we were headed down an inexorable path toward a devastating war", Victor Cha, who was considered for the role of USA ambassador to South Korea for nearly a year by the Trump administration before being passed over, wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday.

"My understanding is the intention is to suspend the large joint training exercises", Thornberry said, adding that he supported the Trump administration's effort to give the negotiations a chance and "put North Korea to the test".

Trump added that everybody "can now feel much safer than the day I took office" and people could "sleep well tonight!"

The credibility of that claim is in doubt. That is because under the deal, the North retains its nuclear warheads, the missiles to launch them and has not agreed to any specific process to get rid of them.

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"This is an opportunity to hold their feet to the fire and see if they, North Korea, is serious about this".

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the USA, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low.

New Delhi has held that it wouldn't either prune or close its mission in North Korea, resisting United States pressure to slash its diplomatic presence in Pyongyang.

While the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was jam-packed with a number of firsts for the two nations, Trump seemed to be his happiest when showing off his presidential ride: The Beast. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem.

At his news conference, President Trump said it was hard to ensure anything but that he trusted his instinct that Mr Kim would abide by his word.

How has the deal been received?

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to Donald Trump after the summit, saying there was "great meaning in Chairman Kim's clearly confirming to President Trump the complete denuclearisation". -South Korea military exercises, making clear to the North Korean leader that those exercises will resume if Pyongyang negotiates in bad faith. His propaganda machine was already in overdrive, elevating the myth of his greatness to new levels with the extraordinary material from the summit.