Just over half of all Americans say they approve of how President Donald Trump has handled North Korea, but only a quarter think that his summit this week with Kim Jong Un will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday.
"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", said the statement.
Trump and Kim signed a document pledging North Korea would take steps to denuclearize, while Trump also said he would be ending military exercises in South Korea.
"There is no change in our policy of putting pressure" on North Korea, he said, adding that Japan wanted concrete action from the North over its nuclear and missile ambitions, as well as on the issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.
Trump told reporters Tuesday that he trusts Kim, but that North Korea's denuclearization process will be thoroughly vetted and that the U.S.
The joint statement was also less specific than the agreement North Korea signed at the so-called six-party talks in 2005.
"They had a summit as a nuclear state with Kim on equal turf with Trump, got the United States to halt joint military exercises with South Korea".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is charged by Trump with leading follow-on negotiations, said the USA hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next 2-1/2 years.
Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, where Kim stood as an equal with Trump in front of their nations' flags.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov approved of the meeting in Singapore, Interfax reported. What North Korea has gained is tangible and lasting.
Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and US forces in Korea off guard. "The goal of those exercises is to maintain the readiness of South Korean and U.S. forces to defend South Korea if necessary; they are a permanent necessity to maintain deterrence, not a bargaining chip".
Amano says the IAEA "will closely follow the negotiations to be held between the two countries to implement the outcomes" of Trump's summit with Kim. The North's official KCNA news agency said the two men "gladly accepted" mutual invitations to visit each other's countries, and asserted Trump had "expressed his intention" to lift sanctions against the North - something the United States president had told a press conference would happen "when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".