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"North Korea had rice and medicine aid from the U.S. and other countries before, but that did not trickle down to ordinary people", said Ms Park Hyun Sook, a defector who spoke to relatives in the North by phone last Saturday.

In North Korea, the state media has praised the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, while downplaying the agreement to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Other pages showed US and North Korean officials having their extended meeting, a working lunch and later, Trump and Kim signing a joint agreement that marked the end to the summit.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterised by bloodshed and threats.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning declared an end to the North Korean nuclear threat.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea". That included the US decision to halt its drills, although it's unclear which ones and for how long. State television aired the same photographs of Kim's departure as well as his arrival in Singapore and the North Korean leader's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace.

The US and its ally South Korea hold regular military exercises to the fury of North Korea, which has long seen the drills as preparations to invade it.

Kim was quoted as saying that if the USA takes "genuine measures for building trust", then the North can reciprocate in a "commensurate" fashion - suggesting that the US will have to make concessions before North Korea.

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Backdrops of USA and North Korean flags, both red white and blue, were also prominent in the Rodong Sinmun, which has previously lashed the United States as a "gangster-like imperialist", and "cancer-like entity".

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All of the concessions KCNA claims Trump made are also things has said publicly it wants. According to the Washington Post, North Korea's definition of "denuclearization" is different from Trump's.

The cancellation of the war games seemed to grate in Tokyo, with Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera stressing they were "vital" for regional security. Defense Secretary James Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump.

A joint statement signed by the two leaders after the meeting committed to establishing a new US-DPRK relations and reaffirmed Kim's "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades.

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and USA forces in Korea off guard.

"Noting that the building of lasting and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula is of weighty significance in ensuring peace and security in the region and the rest of the world, [Kim] said that it is urgent to make [a] bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other", the statement reads.

The conservative Chosun Ilbo, the country's biggest paper, was more critical, denouncing Trump for offering the end of military drills while failing to convince the North to commit to verifiably giving up its nukes for good.