China suggests North Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet


US President Donald Trump speaks while North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un looks at the signed document that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

Hoffman said that it was necessary for President Trump to establish a personal relationship with Kim in order to meet with him and ultimately work toward denuclearization.

China had always implemented United Nations sanctions against its reclusive neighbour "in a serious and strict manner", he said.

Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbor could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country. He taunted Mr. Kim as "little rocket man", and warned that the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea.

The US side seeks denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula under terms that give US and global authorities broad power to inspect nuclear reactors in North Korea at any time they choose to verify parts of a potential denuclearization agreement. The country announced in 2005 it had manufactured nuclear weapons. "The new element is that we agreed to stop our annual exercise cycle with our South Korean allies".

"At this moment, we need to figure out President Trump's accurate meaning and intention", a South Korean spokesperson said, according to CNN.

"We've developed a very special bond", he added, referring to Kim. "At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns". Trump praised what had been achieved at the summit calling it a "new chapter" in relations with the North. "I think without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump said.