While some despised the theatricality around the summit and the vague content of the resulting agreement, there was also a real sense of hope and dynamism – that the apparent bonhomie between Trump and Kim might perhaps catalyze a new peace and denuclearization process in which negotiations between different leaders had failed. The White House has announced that U.N. sanctions will be maintained until an agreement is reached between the United States and North Korea.  On March 6, Sarah Sanders said the White House must see “concrete and verifiable steps” toward the denuclearization of North Korea before Trump meets with Kim Jong-un. Later that day, an unidentified Trump official told the Wall Street Journal that Trump had always accepted Kim Jong-un`s invitation.  President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended their historic summit by signing an agreement pledging to work together to “build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.” The New York Times reported on November 12, 2018 that “satellite images indicated that the North was involved in a great deception” by proposing to dismantle a missile launch point and develop sixteen more at the same time. The Times reported that U.S. intelligence agencies had found that North Korea`s production of fissile material, nuclear weapons and mobile missile systems had continued since the summit, adding that the missile network was “long known to U.S. intelligence, but has not been mentioned, with President Trump claiming to have neutralized the North`s nuclear threat.”  The next day, Trump called the report on the development of North Korea`s missile sites “inaccurate” and “more fake news,” adding, “We know perfectly well the sites we are debating, nothing new.”  The Times maintained the accuracy of its report.
 On November 13, 2018, Kim Eui Keum, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-In, called the report and images “nothing new” and added that North Korea “has never signed an agreement, no negotiations making it mandatory to shut down missile bases.”  Korea has been divided since 1945. The Korean War from 1950 to 1953 ended with a ceasefire agreement, but not a peace settlement. Sporadic conflict continued, with U.S. troops remaining in the South as part of a mutual defense treaty.