What was Donald Trump thinking when he saluted a North Korean general?

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"Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace", Trump said.

Trump later told reporters that he was joking, stating how "you don't understand sarcasm". Kim is nearly certainly seeking it quite consciously, although it's unlikely that Trump has ever thought of it in these terms.

The historic Singapore meeting focused on "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, although it didn't yield a detailed agreement for accomplishing that goal.

Based on these goals, China hopes for peace between the USA and North Korea on these conditions-North Korea formally agrees to denuclearise, and the U.S. commits a peace approach towards North Korea without a regime change. Although North Korea were eliminated in the Asian qualifying process, Pyongyang sent Kim Yong-nam to the opening ceremony to maintain its friendship with Russian Federation. It was an unprecedented encounter that saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third-generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship. He said cancellation of the drills "is really a bad idea ... and (Trump) betrayed our people".

The president told Bret Baier on Fox News, "When you take over a country - a tough country, tough people - and you take it over from your father, I don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have".

Meanwhile, the presidential Blue House of South Korea said earlier in the day that whether to halt the South Korea-U.S. war games will be announced soon.

Americans have long hoped for a peaceful denuclearization of North Korea
In follow-up talks on the establishment of new relations, the USA and North Korea will likely hold discussions on ending hostilities.

During the latter years of the previous administration, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accelerated his weapons development program, and the results were apparent during Trump's first year, when the North successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles able to range the continental US and a staged-thermonuclear bomb.

Trump was later asked by reporters what he meant by the remark.

In the joint statement following Tuesday's talks with Trump, Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump was met with criticism this week after footage surfaced of him saluting a North Korean general. In the film, which includes a montage of scenes featuring the two leaders, Trump said his trip was "worth every second", adding, "If there's a chance at peace, if there's a chance to end the terrible threat of nuclear conflict, then we must pursue it at all costs". In fact, the Kim dynasty does not trust the USA at all; we should not forget that North Korea is a member of what the United States described as the "axis of evil". "We have communication, it's a very good thing", Trump said.

US and South Korean forces have trained together for decades, and routinely rehearse everything from beach landings in the North to pre-emptive "decapitation" strikes targeting the North Korean regime. Nobody thought we were going to get that. "When Trump realised there wasn't going to be anything substantial in return, it was impossible for him to back out because he had already gone too far".

Since the summit, Trump has sought to label the outcome as a decisive diplomatic victory, but experts say there's still a long way to go. "And failed they were", Trump said.