Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump Declares North Korea ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat’


The Trump reality show we're all trapped in wrapped its latest episode - "The One Where the U.S. President Meets the North Korean Dictator" - early on Wednesday morning when President Trump summed up the moral of the story.

After hours of discussions, Trump and Kim signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

'Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. "We are going to get complete denuclearization; only then will there be relief from the sanctions", he said.

He is known to have stopped over at airbases in Guam and Hawaii to encourage USA forces and is expected to arrive at the White House sometime Wednesday morning.

Trump hailed the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done.

The talks, aimed at discussing ways of easing cross-border tensions, were to be held at the "truce village" of Panmunjom, on the border between the two countries. "He's clearly executing people", Baier said.

The Singapore agreement does not 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 USA and the North continue.

The military talks, initially slated for May, were postponed when Pyongyang abruptly canceled bilateral high-level talks in protest of the annual South Korea-US air force drills.

So Pompeo had some explaining to do as he travelled to Seoul to brief the allies on what transpired in Singapore. That kind of thing is very threatening to North Korea. Trump's announcement appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

Japanese officials are planning to unofficially consult with North Korean officials during a two-day global conference in Mongolia through Friday.

"The issue of South Korea-U.S. joint exercises is one that should be discussed", Kang said.

By credibly threatening the U.S. with nuclear war, he won a one-on-one meeting with the American president - a longtime strategic goal of his family's regime. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

But was it a language Kim Jong-un understands?

North Korea still has nuclear weapons. On Thursday, North Koreans finally got a glimpse of video of Trump and Kim together, as official Korean Central Television broadcast the first footage of Kim's trip to Singapore.

Trump seemed equally ecstatic. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

Sophisticated readers of The Washington Post are probably drowning in takes of what the Trump-Kim summit outcome means.

If the United States pulls out of South Korea, as Trump wants to, it will accelerate China's dominance in Asia, and likely around the world.

With the Trump-Kim summit concluded, the baton was being passed to lower-level US and North Korean officials, who Pompeo said would likely resume meeting as early as the next week to hash out details of a disarmament deal, sure to be a complex and contentious process.

"True although it was light on details, I think this represents an overall positiveness in North Korea-U.S. relations which hadn't existed before".

And now Kim has his front-page splash on Rodong Sinmun, showing him sitting and standing right beside Trump, the president of the United States, as the leader of a fellow nuclear weapons state.

Pompeo's defensive stance started on Tuesday, when he bridled at a question from a reporter who asked why the summit document didn't explicitly specify the much-vaunted "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation" that the White House said it was pursuing.

North Korean seafood - a lucrative specialty export - is already beginning to appear in Chinese markets, and Chinese firms are reportedly beginning to re-employ North Korean laborers, said Sue Mi Terry, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and Korea specialist. Trump agreed to halt U.S.

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