Julie Bishop 'cautiously optimistic' after Trump and Kim summit

Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that North Korea should approach the summit with "awareness". Picture: AAPDonald Trump and Kim Jong-un shared handshakes and smiles during the historic meeting in Singapore.

Commenting for the first time on the agenda, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency said the two sides would exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" to re-set relations. North Korea historically has called for the removal of the USA "nuclear umbrella" over South Korea and Japan.

Complete denuclearisation must mean the irreversible dismantlement of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Such a meeting was unthinkable even six months ago when the two leaders found themselves in the middle of a verbal confrontation over North Korea's nuclear programme. "We don't have high expectations, although we have high hopes", she said.

"The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions", Geng told a daily news briefing. "The proposal for a declaration ending the war was just an attempt to speed up the denuclearisation process by North Korea", Chung said.

That suggested that any lasting benefit to Trump on the world stage or at home will depend on whether, in the next stages of negotiations, he can turn the summit's made-for-TV script into tangible progress toward Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament.

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North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force".

US forces in South Korea said it has "received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and will continue to coordinate with South Korean partners and maintain the current posture until it receives an updated guidance from the Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command.

Kim Jong-un has committed to denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

"So far, the Korean peninsula issues are developing mostly in the direction China is hoping for - and after the Kim-Trump summit in Singapore, China's role will definitely be bigger".

There were plenty of smiles for the pair during the day.

The presidential office said the measures were particularly needed at a time "when a variety of serious dialogues have been held between the North and the US for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the establishment of relations".

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