Trump Suggests Singapore Summit Ended North Korea Nuclear Threat

Jun 13, 2018, 18:30
Trump Suggests Singapore Summit Ended North Korea Nuclear Threat

"North Korea had rice and medicine aid from the United States and other countries before, but that did not trickle down to ordinary people", said Park Hyun-sook, a defector who spoke to two relatives inside the North by phone on Saturday. "Unless and until we see the future negotiations is not going along like it should", Trump said.

Other pages showed USA and North Korean officials having their extended meeting, a working lunch and later, Trump and Kim signing a joint agreement that marked the end to the summit.

Trump expressed his intention to halt U.S.

KCNA said the USA president expressed his intention to offer security guarantees to North Korea and lift sanctions "over a period of good-will dialogue" between the two countries.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the US after his meeting this week in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that Americans should "sleep well tonight".

There was, at times, a surreal quality to the carefully staged, five-hour meeting of two men who had been threatening each other with nuclear war and insulting each other's mental and physical attributes just months before.

Wednesday's report also said that the summit would help "in making a radical switchover in the most hostile DPRK-U.S. relations" that had "lingered for the longest period on the earth".

"It was a good meeting", said Yuri Kim as she stood outside the South Korean consulate in Koreatown, holding her two-year-old son in her arms.

The analyst, Moon, advised the North's report should be confirmed from the USA side, while another expert agreed the North Korean state media should be taken with a grain of salt. Trump said he would invite Kim to the White House "at the appropriate time" and that Kim had already accepted the not-yet-extended invitation.

Trump said top officials including hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton would next week be "going over the details to get this stuff done". Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart.

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will be leading the ongoing negotiations, is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Trump initially rejected the proposal, in which North Korea would stop conducting nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a halt in military exercise between the United States and South Korea.

It appears even Trump was unclear on whether there was any record of his 40-minute talk with Kim.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats.

"North Korea seems to be highlighting this as one of Kim Jong Un's greatest feats yet and lauding itself for keeping the North Korean regime from collapsing while succeeding in shaking up the U.S".

Trump is celebrating the agreement to launch a process to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, though experts and allies are still awaiting details on the broad accord the two sides said they have reached.

Talks are to be led on the US side by Pompeo and, according to the agreement, a "relevant, high-level" North Korean official.

That could be good news for Tehran, Haaretz's Zvi Bar'el writes: "If a paper like the one Trump and Kim signed had been signed by Iran, not only would Israel have gone insane; Europe also would deem it remiss in failing to meet the necessary minimum to reduce the Iranian threat".

A report in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, another state-run outlet, claimed on Wednesday that the USA agreed to offer rewards as North Korea moved toward ridding itself of nukes. Bismuth's story (which leads the paper ahead of the news) is accompanied by a picture caption calling on the former president to give his prize to Trump, while Shine wonders how come "pundits didn't tweet cynical or skeptical when Obama won a Nobel for nothing". The next military exercise is scheduled for August. "Once you resolve what's at the root of the conflict, which is the unresolved status of the Korean War, then all the rest will follow: denuclearization, retrieving the remains of the servicemen, human rights, all those things will follow, but the main thing is to fundamentally change the relationship from war to peace", Lee said.

US Senator Cory Gardner told reporters that Vice President Mike Pence promised in a briefing for Republican senators that the Trump administration would "clarify what the president talked about" regarding joint military exercises.

KCNA also mentioned the end of U.S. -South Korean drills was met with concern.

"It is up to the USA and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises". He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

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

In 1985, North Korea signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was to be a landmark worldwide treaty to "prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament".

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