Former commander of the Pacific Command Harry Harris, Mr Trump's pick for USA ambassador to South Korea, told United States lawmakers last week that North Korea continues to be a nuclear threat and that major military exercises should be paused to give Mr Kim a chance to prove whether he is "serious".
Trump in a series of tweets claimed that it was his idea to stop the "war games" during the summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. "I would say, 'Wait a minute, I don't have any relationship.' But they said, 'When you can, president, we'd love our son to be brought back home - you know, the remains".
The president later told reporters in an impromptu news conference on the White House lawn he had given Kim a phone number to allow him to reach Trump directly.
"It's huge progress that the leaders of the USA and North Korea now can check and confirm what they agreed in Singapore on the phone", a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said.
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Beijing vowed it would strike back quickly if its interests were hurt. Oil prices fell as investors eyed a key OPEC meeting in Vienna. Interest rates remained unchanged at the ECB's June meeting.
And asked in a separate occasion about Kim's record on human rights, and why he had failed to challenge the leader on the topic, Trump told Fox and Friends: "He's the head of the country". In one particularly terrible sound byte, the president said that Kim is a "strong head" and admired the way that the - I repeat - dictator commands "his people".
Bannon suggested that Republican members of Congress should be touting Trump's North Korea summit rather than criticizing its outcome.
"They might use it", Mr. Trump said.
Putin said the meeting could take place during the Eastern Economic Forum in the city of Vladivostok in September this year, or can be organized separately.
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On Wednesday the US military was looking at ways to ensure American forces in South Korea could still be fully trained and ready. The Korean crisis began to thaw at the start of 2018 when Kim announced his decision to resume talks on denuclearization.
"He speaks and his people sit up at attention", the President added.
Trump and Kim signed a one-page letter at their meeting in Singapore announcing the intent to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea has perpetuated human rights abuses for decades.
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Skeptics criticized the president for giving too much away for too little, all the while legitimizing and even praising one of the world's most brutal dictators.
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Fifa President Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday he will run for re-election as head of soccer's global governing body. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.
The United States will reportedly hold high-level talks with North Korea soon to produce a list of the North's weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons subject to abandonment.