'While world leaders welcomed Donald Trump’s historic made-for-TV meeting with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, questions are now being asked about what it actually achieved.
Although Trump was quick to declare the summit - a meeting marked by handshakes, smiles and a tour of his beastly presidential vehicle - a success, North Korean experts have said the joint statement issued by the leaders appears to be a rehash of broken promises made by Pyongyang to successive US administrations.
They branded it,“vague” and “old news” and said the agreement falls short of goals the US outlined beforehand.
Experts further suggested any lasting benefit to the US President on the world stage, or at home, now depend on whether he can turn the spectacle into tangible progress towards Pyongyang’s nuclear disarmament - something much-needed after Trump left the G7 in Canada with several international relationships in tatters.
Many remained sceptical on Tuesday that Kim will ever give up his nuclear weapons, even though Trump insisted the process of denuclearisation will start “very, very quickly”.
“Unfortunately, we do not know if Kim has made a strategic decision to denuclearise and it is unclear if further negotiations will lead to the end goal of denuclearisation,” said Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at Washington’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.'
Read more: Donald Trump's 'Historic' Meeting With Kim Jong Un 'Seems To Have Yielded Nothing'
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