Trump declares there is ‘no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea’

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 13, 2018

Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the USA stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior.

During his post-summit press conference, Trump admitted that he may be wrong about Kim's willingness to denuclearize.

Nor does it detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the U.S. and the North continue. The president would not elaborate on these hazy measures of time.

Kim's biggest task in the months ahead will most likely be to try to push China, his country's key trading partner, to lift its sanctions and to entice South Korea to start once again offering crucial investment in joint ventures and infrastructure projects. Trump has drawn bipartisan criticism at home for agreeing to pause joint U.S.

But he noted that the "war games" with South Korea that Trump said he will end, will continue if the North Korean leader doesn't follow through on his commitments. "A lot of work", Mr. Trump said of the summit.

Moon has championed engagement with the North, and the agreement's language on North Korea's nuclear program was similar to what the leaders of North and South Korea came up with at their own summit in April.

A North Korea expert with inside knowledge of the Trump administration agreed Tuesday that Trump had taken us back from the brink of war.

Kim, for his part, said the leaders had "decided to leave the past behind" and promised, "The world will see a major change". Pompeo told reporters that the language used in the document encompassed those demands, even though they weren't spelled out.

Singapore, the host country of the upcoming U.S. It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration.

University of Otago's Professor Robert Patman says North Korea's pledge to denuclearise is "open-ended" time wise.

KCNA also mentioned the end of U.S. Appearing in front of the media after the bilateral talks with North Korean leader, Donald Trump said that the meeting with Kim Jong-un was 'better than anybody could have expected.' As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and a Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft circled. The report said Kim told Trump "that it is urgent to make bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other".

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

Of course, it's no surprise that North Korean outlets would paint a picture of Kim dictating to the American president, but the factual discrepancies in the two accounts are exactly why there were concerns about Trump and Kim talking one-on-one, with only their interpreters present. Even if this meeting doesn't lead to any breakthroughs - and there's good reason to be skeptical of that - a future United States president may be glad that Trump threw away that old rule book and gave him or her a freer hand.

In a separate question, the BBC interviewer noted that Mr Kim is notoriously paranoid about his safety and asked what Singapore had to do to reassure him. "You can give it out", Trump said, according to the official White House transcript. "They did not record it".

"At this juncture, I don't think we know enough to challenge or celebrate". Are there recordings of it? "Well I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here".

In comparison, the Iran Nuclear Deal, signed by President Barack Obama and other European nations, detailed steps about how the International Atomic Energy Agency would monitor Iran's denuclearization and have access to inspect any sites they deemed suspicious. Any notes will be turned into a Memorandum of Conversation, possibly just a summary of the conversation, and provided to the National Archives.

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