Just over 10 months ago, Fox News host Sean Hannity told his audience that North Korea was led by an evil regime that should not be appeased since it would break any agreement with the U.S. On Tuesday, following the Singapore meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Hannity praised Trump's efforts to negotiate with the dictator and said it exceeded White House officials' expectations.
"So far, the Korean peninsula issues are developing mostly in the direction China is hoping for - and after the Kim-Trump summit in Singapore, China's role will definitely be bigger".
A meeting between the leaders of both South Korea and North Korea in April also boosted optimism and intrigue in the city. Pundits gave obligatory acknowledgment of North Korea's human rights abuses but offered little criticism of why Trump didn't bring those issues up to Kim.
Trump had agreed to halt joint military exercises with South Korea after the North Korea summit.
In follow-up talks on the establishment of new relations, the US and North Korea will likely hold discussions on ending hostilities.
"We hope that the outcomes of the US-DPRK Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula", the ministry said.
North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force". I believe he is happy we made this progress.
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"China has not made any losses here", said Deng Yuwen, a political analyst based in Beijing.
Meanwhile, agreements are yet to be reached on the timeframe of North Korea's denuclearization and how this will be achieved in a way that is complete and verifiable.
But Chung said that China would not be left out.
"Kim Jong Un clarified the stand that if the U.S. side takes genuine measures for building trust in order to improve the DPRK-U.S. relationship, the DPRK, too, can continue to take additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a statement, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Trump insisted at a post-summit news conference that this was the start of a process and that sanctions would remain in place until Kim takes concrete steps toward denuclearisation.
Ms Bishop's opposition counterpart Penny Wong echoed concerns that North Korea might not follow through on its promise.
They said Pakistan supplied vital machinery, drawings and technical advice to North Korea, allowing Pyongyang to enrich uranium as early as 2002.