Summit removed N Korea nuclear threat, says Trump

Erika Holt
June 15, 2018

President Donald Trump started Wednesday morning by touting his biggest accomplishment in diplomacy with North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un: all but eliminating the threat of nuclear war.

"Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience", the US president tweeted Wednesday morning after returning to Washington from Singapore, where he had held talks with Kim.

Pompeo also said he's confident that US talks with North Korea will resume "sometime in the next week".

Nevertheless, Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday, before the denuclearization process even begins, that Americans should "sleep well", because, in his words, North Korea was "no longer" the United States' "biggest and most unsafe problem".

In the joint statement from the summit on Tuesday, the U.S. and the DPRK said they would commit to establishing a new relationship, and that the DPRK would work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while the United States commits to providing security guarantees to the DPRK.

Trump also told a press conference in Singapore that he would stop USA joint annual military exercises with South Korea, which he called "provocative" and "expensive".

According to the video, Mr. Trump went down the line shaking hands until he reached North Korean Gen.

"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun". "We have thousands of people who have asked for that - thousands and thousands of people", Trump said.

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Also on Thursday, North and South Korea held their first military talks in more than a decade.

Mr Trump insisted during the press conference which followed the summit, that he meant to invite Chairman Kim to meet with him at the White House in Washington, D.C., according to reports from North Korea's Central News Agency the leader has since accepted the invitation.

Contrasting the Trump policy with previous USA administrations, Pompeo said: "In the past, they were providing economic and financial relief before. complete denuclearisation had taken place". He said he won't disclose specific timelines but that the administration is hopeful that "major, major disarmament" steps can occur before the end of Trump's first term. Kim Young Nam heads the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly in North Korea. At one point, if features a montage with babies and auto factories, suggesting what a more prosperous future for North Korea could look like if it agreed to scrap its nuclear arsenal.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Seoul, said that the meeting was an opportunity for the three countries "to show that they are in the same page" when it comes to the issue of North Korea and denuclearisation.

Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience.

Trump was flanked in the larger meeting by chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

During the talks, Song noted the need for "flexible change" as to military pressure on the North in line with the April 27 inter-Korean summit declaration, which called for confidence-building measures, should talks with the North proceed well.

On South Korea-US joint military drills, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that it is a matter for the South Korea-US alliance and it should be coordinated between the allies' military authorities.

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