As the glitz and glamour of US President Donald Trump’s Singapore summit starts to fade, his top diplomat has moved in to contain the fallout from some of his classically off-the-cuff remarks. And back home, people have started to ask what concessions the master deal-maker actually secured from isolated North Korea?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo beamed as he arrived in Seoul, but he was there to meet South Korean and Japanese officials left baffled by Mr Trump’s promise to end “provocative” military drills – for once the US president’s words, not North Korea’s.
The US wants to achieve North Korean nuclear disarmament within two-and-a-half years, Mr Pompeo said, adding that discussions would continue within weeks.
But there was no getting away from the reason for his visit – to reassure allies in Seoul and Tokyo that Mr Trump's decision to end drills may not have been as definitive as his statement appeared. The next round of manoeuvres is scheduled for later this summer, but it is unclear if they will still go ahead.
Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korea’s presidential spokesman, said Seoul is still trying to figure out the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments.
Back in the US, questions were being asked about quite what North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had offered, besides vague promises and loosely defined goals. Pundits then contrasted the agreement with Iran’s nuclear deal that Mr Trump recently tore up.
Not to have anyone dampen his diplomatic coup, Mr Trump took to Twitter to hit back at the naysayers.
So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!