President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un agreed on Wednesday that their Singapore summit had been a momentous and unconditional success, but they offered somewhat different versions of what they had achieved and where they went from here.
Trump, in tweets that began when Air Force One landed early in the morning, declared that the "biggest and most dangerous problem" in the United States was solved. The agreement he agreed with Kim, he said, meant that "there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" and "now everyone can feel much safer."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration expected a "great disarmament" by North Korea before the end of Trump's term in January 2021.
Kim, or at least the state news agency of his The US said the two leaders had decided to end "extreme hostile relations" and described the beginning of a "step-by-step" and simultaneous "process that would eventually lead to peace and" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "
] Both sides said that Trump had agreed to stop the military exercises with South Korea, and, according to Pyongyang, the president offered "security guarantees" … and [to] lifted the sanctions "as his dialogue progressed, as that North Korea would respond with "additional measures of good will".
Unlike Kim, whose government does not admit disagreements or internal questions, Trump was skeptical that one day of talks had accomplished so much.
His description of everything-that-resolves seems to go against decades of hostility, unfulfilled promises, and the widespread belief, shared by the intelligence agencies of the United States, that North Korea would never renounce nuclear weapons that I was looking for so long.  The meeting clearly brought a step back from the edge of the war, which Trump himself had threatened. The restlessness in Washington was largely due to Kim's splendid praise as "a very talented man" with a "great personality"; the choreographed and pleasing optics of the summit; and the striking lack of detail in the brief statement signed by the two leaders.
Pompeo, who visited Seoul as part of a tour to inform regional governments about the summit, told reporters that questions about the verification of North Korean denuclearization and its irreversibility, none of which was mentioned in the document , were "insulting and ridiculous and downright ridiculous."
Referring to his own communications prior to the summit with North Korea and the meeting itself, Pompeo said he would not talk about "discussions between the two parties." But he was confident, he said, that the North Koreans "understand what we are willing to do, and [the] a handful of things we probably do not do".
"Not all the work appeared in the final document," said Pompeo. "But in many other places where there were understandings reached, we could not reduce them to writing." He said that those understandings would provide a starting point when the detailed negotiations began.
These conversations will begin, which he will lead. "At some point in the next week or so," said Pompeo, and will be "definitely" completed in the next two years. He said he had already assembled a strong negotiating team.
At a subsequent press conference with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, Pompeo said the sanctions would be lifted only after "complete denuclearization." Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that "we understand that any pause in drills" or exercises, was also "subject to North Korean denuclearization." Pompeo did not address the issue directly, saying that the security relationship of the United States with the allies in the region was "armored."
D. Ryan (R-Wis.) Said Trump deserved credit for taking a new approach to a foreign policy challenge that has troubled past presidents.
"The status quo did not work with North Korea," Ryan told reporters at the Capitol. Hill. "The president should be applauded for altering the status quo."
Ryan said he is "encouraged" by the continued denuclearization negotiations led by Pompeo. At the same time, he said, there is no doubt that North Korea is a "terrible regime" and "we should not be delusional that this will be fast."
Some Republicans seemed more doubtful that these negotiations would pay off.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) He said it is understandable that Trump is optimistic because "he is the man who is negotiating."
"He has to make the other side feel like he's serious about doing something," Rubio said. "But for the rest of us who are looking and we know the history of North Korea, we must be skeptical, this is a country that has made promises before and broken them."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Said on Tuesday he wants Pompeo to inform the senators about what the two nations discussed, even if US troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula will remain.
"I have no idea" if Trump secured some substance, said Corker, the outgoing president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "At the moment, I do not think we know enough to challenge or celebrate."
The Democrats and some analysts were more directly negative in their evaluations.
"On what planet is the president?" Said Senate minority leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) During the statements in the Senate plenary. "Saying that does not do it, North Korea still has nuclear weapons, it still has ICBM, it still has the United States in danger, somehow President Trump thinks that when he says something, it becomes a reality. easy, just that simple "
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Meanwhile, said on Twitter that Trump was being "really delusional" and pointed out that North Korea has "the same arsenal today as it did 48 hours ago."
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) Also mocked Trump and said on Twitter: "A trip and your mission accomplished, Mr. President?"
"North Korea is a real and current threat," said Schiff. "This is a dangerously naive president."
Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said that "the summit did not change anything".
"Worse yet, the overselling of the summit makes it more difficult to maintain sanctions in place, further reducing the pressure on NK to reduce (much less renounce) its nuclear weapons and missiles," Haass said on Twitter .
Trump, in tweets that continued long after his arrival at the White House on Wednesday morning, defended his decision to stop the military exercises and said: "We saved a fortune by not playing war games, as long as we negotiated good faith, that both parties are! "
He called his meeting with Kim "an interesting and very positive experience".
He also wrote that before taking office last year, "people assumed that we were going to war with North Korea."
"President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem, no more, sleep well tonight!" Wrote the president.
Trump, who has frequently quarreled with the media, was also relentless in his criticism of the TV coverage of the summit, pointing out two networks of contempt.
"Then it's fun to watch Fake News, especially NBC and CNN," he said on Twitter. "They are fighting hard to minimize the deal with North Korea, 500 days ago they would have begged for this deal: it looked like the war would break out, the biggest enemy of our country is Fake News, so easily. promulgated by fools! "
Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stimulated the earlier talk among Trump supporters that their efforts in North Korea would deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. 19659035] "Look, the last president received the Nobel Peace Prize, this president is really going to win, and that's all we need to know from this," Conway said.
Obama won the award in 2009 for his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.
Brian Murphy in Seoul contributed to this report.