Kim summit: Interpreters have massive role to play in talks like these

North Korea agrees to work towards dumping its nukes in historic peace agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rocked a region and suggested the upending of decades of U.S. defense posture on the Korean Peninsula when he announced that he was stopping annual U.S.

The Department of Justice reneged on a commitment to provide access to documents they promised to congressional lawmakers by Thursday morning.

Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a "provocative" drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner. Concha also remarked on the many tributes that have come in for Charles Krauthammer, after his announcement that he is losing his fight with cancer.

The historic summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has Koreans in Spokane closely watching the outcome.

North Korea regularly calls the military exercises provocative preparations for a northward invasion, and numerous scariest standoffs in recent years on the Korean Peninsula have happened when the drills were being staged. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era". North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.

Israeli ministers, meanwhile, have welcomed the Trump-Kim summit for the message it sends to Iran. "It is a list of aspirational goals", said Evans Revere, a former USA negotiator with North Korea. The agreement required Iran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from worldwide sanctions.

Mr Trump said he had formed a "special bond" with Mr Kim, and would "absolutely" invite him to Washington. "I'd like to see peace with America and Korea".

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and US forces in South Korea.

But analysts warned there were still big challenges ahead, especially since the two sides failed to reach any specific agreement on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons - a threat on China's doorstep.

Although Trump insisted at a post-summit news conference that "I think he really wants to de-nuke", the president was only able to cite a single unwritten pledge from Kim - to close a missile engine facility.

Loosening tensions, and therefore potentially decreased sanctions, could lead to an economic boom for this Chinese city, which facilitates the passage of about 70% of goods entering North Korea.

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