White House denies Trump said Russian Federation no longer targeting U.S

Frederick Owens
July 19, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his meeting with Vladimir Putin would lead to "big results", in a continuing bid to calm a storm over his failure to criticize the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the 2016 US election.

The apparent change of heart comes as the US' relationship with Pyongyang is "very good", and the American "hostages" are back, according to Trump. "Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!".

"Discussions are ongoing and they're going very, very well", Mr Trump told reporters in Washington.

Pompeo also said on Wednesday the North Koreans had "reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearize".

According to the DPAA, about 7,700 USA troops are still listed as missing from the Korean War; about 5,300 of that total are believed to have fallen in North Korea. The boiling point was reached on several occasions, with President Trump even stating that "all options" were on the table - hinting at a potential military conflict - and with Russian Federation and China warning of the dire consequences.

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The repatriation of remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War should begin shortly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday (Jul 18), starting a process agreed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The gathering came after Pyongyang demolished tunnels leading to its underground nuclear testing site.

Speaking at a press conference in the United Kingdom last week, the USA president said negotiations with Pyongyang would be "probably a longer process than anybody would like".

The White House has hailed the summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore as a major breakthrough toward disarming the isolated, nuclear-armed North in exchange for easing of sanctions and other help with economic development.

But since then, Mr Trump has suggested that dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be some way off. Later he changed his tune again, and the summit eventually took place.

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