Trump declares an end to the North Korean nuclear threat

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2018

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appear to be on different pages about when the us might start to peel back sanctions against North Korea.

After returning to Washington, Trump tweeted Wednesday that the world can "sleep well tonight" and that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

However Mr Pompeo, who flew to Seoul to brief South Korean leaders on the summit, said the North Korean leader understands that "there will be in-depth verification" of nuclear commitments in any deal with the US.

Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very unsafe problem for the world".

President Donald Trump taking questions after his summit with Kim Jong Un.

The US and South Korea were also discussing a suspension of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises scheduled for August, South Korea's MoneyToday reported yesterday, citing an unidentified defense official.

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According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, over half of Americans approve of how Trump has handled North Korea, but only a quarter think the summit will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea reaffirmed previous promises to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

Following media reports of his comments, Trump said American media is the "country's biggest enemy".

Kono said at the press conference that all Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction need to be addressed, calling for "North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges".

"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two-and-a-half years", Pompeo said.

A USA official told AFP that "major military exercises have been suspended indefinitely on the Korean peninsula". There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

North Korean viewers had to wait nearly 20 minutes into the program for Trump's first appearance. "And until North Korea takes concrete steps to change that, no concessions should be made, and the sanctions must continue", McCain continued.

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