Trump salute to N Korean general sparks controversy

The two leaders shake hands as the summit begins

The two leaders shake hands as the summit begins

Trump has been under fire for his friendliness towards North Korea.

Despite the uncertainties, Mr Trump talked up the outcome of what was the first meeting between a USA and North Korean leader in six decades of hostility.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", he wrote on Twitter.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with U.S. General Vincent K. Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, June 13, 2018.

It was a moment we didn't see during his week's historic talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Another Trump concession pointed out in the reported document was his commitment to halt joint military drills with South Korea, in exchange for China stopping joint exercises with North Korea - an arrangement said to have been opposed by the United States before the summit.

The official KCNA news agency ran a glowing dispatch, describing it as an "epoch-making meeting" that would help foster "a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations". "I said do me a favour".

But Trump's move had always been suggested by China, and Beijing was quick to applaud its announcement on Wednesday.

Pompeo, who earlier yesterday met with officials from Japan and South Korea in Seoul, said that all four nations "have made very clear that the sanctions, and the economic relief that North Korea will receive, will only happen after full denuclearization".

"The press, they never stop", Trump told Kim, as reporters yelled out questions to the two leaders.

"President Trump showed Chairman Kim his Beast and expressed respect and endless admiration for Chairman Kim", it said. Pyongyang has long sought an end to the exercises it considers rehearsals for an invasion, but USA treaty allies Japan and South Korea view them as critical elements of their own national security.

"We believe that the sanctions themselves are not the end", Geng said.

Pompeo is expected in Beijing later on Thursday to update Chinese officials on the Singapore summit.

North Korea has among the most brutal regimes on Earth, murdering and imprisoning its own citizens for political dissent. Indeed, North Korean state television has already released a 42-minute documentary that includes the salute.

The two countries share a short land border and have a history of long-standing ties. Most of the footage of the summit itself is similar to that which was captured by global news agencies.

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