Trump says he requested end to 'war games' in North Korea talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo right walks with U.S. General Vincent K. Brooks left commander of United States Forces Korea upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek Wednesday

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-North Korea negotiations while exercising influence over both sides, following the landmark summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Facing questions about his public embrace of Kim and the North Korean's autocratic leadership style - including what Trump said was a joke about the obedience of the autocratic Kim's advisers - the president said he was doing what is necessary for peace.

Mike Huckabee praised President Trump for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week after a recent poll showed that more Americans do, in fact, see denuclearization as a likely outcome following the historic meeting.

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows again during the course of praising North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Friday morning.

'You know why? Because I don't want to see a nuclear weapon destroy you and your family, ' Trump said.

The administration grabbed headlines by producing a propaganda-esque, movie trailer-style video directed at North Korea that paints Trump and Kim as two leaders on the cusp of greatness.

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"Chuck Schumer said 'the Summit was what the Texans call all cattle and no hat.' Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right?", Trump wrote on the social messaging site.

"We are especially concerned with the North Korean military, which operates as secret police, punishing all forms of dissent", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. "As I said in Singapore, Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people", he said. He's very smart. Kim Jong Un - amusing guy.

Pressed on that record, Trump demurred.

"You don't understand sarcasm", he told the reporter dismissively, with a wave of his hand. "They have a great fervor".

While the agreement fell short of outlining concrete measures that would lead to Kim giving up his nuclear weapons program - the stated long-term goal of USA negotiators - it gave Trump and Kim a piece of paper to point to as a sign of progress and a symbol of goodwill.

Up to that point, the North "really did not prioritise the ending of exercises by the US and South Korea", said Bonnie Glaser, senior Asia advisor at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies. "He would like to have the rationale and popularity from the people by using economic development", he said. "I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump". He joked that even the administration-friendly Fox News was not as lavish in its praise as the state TV anchor, one of the people added, and that maybe she should get a job on USA television, instead.

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