For a 34-year-old who made his first state visit in just the last few months, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seemed to hold his own in Tuesday's high-profile summit setting with US President Donald Trump. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.
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He instead suggested Trump's comment about suspending military exercises was "part of the negotiating".
Stephanopoulos snared the first TV-news interview between President Trump and an outlet other than Fox News since NBC News' Lester Holt sat down with the President in May of previous year.
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One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness. Police swept vehicles in the area with a device but found nothing, he said.
And North Korea did not have to pay a cent for it: China furnished a plane, Singapore footed the US$15m-plus bill for the summit, and the media distributed images of the North Korean leader parlaying on equal terms with the U.S. president to the entire world.
"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting.
It wasn't the first time video was used as a way to connect with Kim. "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan reports Pompeo will go to South Korea and China to speak to officials about their roles in making sure North Korea follows through on their promises.
White House officials also arranged for the video to be played for reporters at Mr Trump's post-summit news conference.
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The Kim dynasty, under Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, signed a treaty with the U.S.in 1994, known as the Agreed Framework. Trump said he expected the denuclearisation process to start "very, very quickly".
"We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculations about this summit", Kim said, "and I believe that this is good prelude for peace".
Other analysts said it was still too early to judge whether Kim really had what it took to succeed in leading North Korea into the worldwide community as a normal state.
In a sign that Kim remains paranoid about his personal safety, a North Korean official inspected the pen that was placed in front of Kim to sign the joint declaration with Trump, rubbing it with a gloved hand. The US forces in South Korea, meanwhile, told Stars and Stripes magazine that it had not received updated guidance on cessation of training exercises, and "will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance".
And as reactions are starting to pour in from world leaders, it is important to remember that the summit has given the DPRK legitimacy on the world stage, while there was little talk of how this legitimacy was acquired: essentially by developing nuclear weapons.
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Two years ago Barack Obama travelled to Cuba - and was roundly denounced by conservatives for breaking bread with totalitarian leaders and praised by liberals for his statesmanship. When asked if he would know if such discussions were planned, he said, "Yeah, I sure would". America's friends, Japan and South Korea, didn't do so well. "They're gonna put it together, and I think they're going to end up with a very strong country, and a country which has people-that they're so hard working, so industrious".