The president said he got “everything” in the agreement with Kim. Both men committed to working toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” after Tuesday’s meeting, which marked the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
The president hailed the meeting as a success, although critics worried that his decision to meet with Kim provided the autocrat with legitimacy. Kim has been accused of ordering the assassination of his half brother, executing his uncle and presiding over a gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners, according to The Associated Press.
Critics also questioned the president’s decision to end the United States’ “war games,” or joint military exercises, with South Korea as negotiations with North Korea continue. It was not immediately clear whether South Korean officials were aware of Trump’s decision before Tuesday’s announcement.