With US-North Korea Summit Over, US Envoy To Brief Asia Allies

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Singapore:  The top US diplomat jetted to South Korea today for talks as America’s Asian allies try to parse the implications of the unprecedented summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, which ended with a renewed commitment for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula but also a pledge by Trump to end longstanding war games that unsettle Pyongyang.

Much of Asia was still trying to process the whirlwind events of the day before.

There was, at times, a surreal quality to the carefully staged, five-hour meeting of two men who’d been threatening each other with nuclear war and insulting each other’s mental and physical attributes just months before. Trump repeatedly praised Kim’s negotiating skills and their new relationship and expressed hope for “a bright new future” for Kim’s impoverished nation.

Wednesday saw worries, however, especially in U.S. allies Tokyo and Seoul, which both have huge U.S. military presences, about…

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