China wants UN Security Council to lift sanctions on North Korea

But others point out that there would be little good to come from the US president publicly bashing Kim while attempting diplomacy, and suggest that this is Trump's way of buttering up the brutal dictator.

It doesn't say specifically that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons, only that North Korea is committed to working towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"His country has to be de-nuked and he understood that, he fully understood that, he didn't fight it", Trump said.

In a news conference following the summit, Trump also praised North Korea's beaches "from a real estate perspective". "Something happened from that day", Trump said.

North Korea was told that Trump would 'provide security guarantees, ' with both sides agreeing that the meeting was an 'epochal event'. I think without the rhetoric, you know, other administrations, I don't want to get specific on that, but they had a policy of silence if they said something very bad, very threatening and disgusting, just don't answer.

"We must have hope that this agreement will finally bring peace to the peninsula and help bring closure to thousands of families of missing American servicemen from the Korean War", Keith Harman, national commander of the VFW, said in a statement. "Hopefully something positive can come from this".

He also cited Kim for taking "decisive, proactive action" such as North Korea's claims that it destroyed a key nuclear test site last month.

The Warmbiers declined through the law firm representing them in a wrongful-death lawsuit to comment beyond the statement.

The Wyoming, Ohio, native was in North Korea with a tour group when he was detained for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel. The North Koreans blamed his condition on medicine they said he took for botulism. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks compensation for the death of their 22-year-old son in June 2017.

"Following this historic summit, I remain sceptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress", Portman said in a statement.

In a landmark 2014 report, United Nations investigators said that 80,000 to 120,000 people were thought to be held in camps in North Korea.

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