World can 'sleep well' after North Korea summit, Trump says

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Trump: "Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirms his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump announced Tuesday at a news conference in Singapore that he and Kim had reached an agreement on North Korea's denuclearization, although the text of that agreement was light on details, including a timeline for that process and how verification would work.

Those moves were unthinkable even several months ago, when the two unpredictable leaders threatened to nuke each other and traded a series of harsh personal insults.

KCNA said the two leaders "gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved" relations between their countries.

A U.S. official told CNN earlier the document would acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going. "Now look, with all of that being said, the answer is yes" - referring to Baier's query about Kim having done awful things.

However this stock phrase, favored by Pyongyang, stopped short of longstanding U.S. demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

Pompeo will then travel to Beijing, North Korea's main diplomatic ally.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Wednesday that his country's military exercises with the United States would continue, calling them vital. "When Trump realized there wasn't going to be anything substantial in return, it was impossible for him to back out because he had already gone too far".

The reported agreement, if confirmed by the U.S., could be considered as a concession by Trump because U.S. officials had called for the North to take swift disarmament measures before getting major outside concessions and benefits.


Illustrative: US Army M1-A2 tanks fire during US-South Korea joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 26, 2017.

Pompeo, after landing in South Korea, met for almost an hour with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea. -South Korean drills could also erode the effectiveness of the military alliance between Washington and Seoul. But big, joint U.S. The presidential center of the former Republican president George W Bush has been tweeting about North Korea's abuses, giving a clear indication of how he views the matter. "It was a period of time where I was saying, what are they doing?" he said.":Every week it seems another missile going up. A major challenge, according to these officials, is to turn Trump's broad intentions into detailed military guidance.

But while Trump also voiced a desire to eventually bring back US troops, he told Baier that the U.S.

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U Sung Tak, 79, said the future was looking "bright" because Kim was "leading the world's political trend on the Korean peninsula, steering the wheel of history".

Despite Trump's optimism after his summit with Kim, many remained skeptical that North Korea, infamous on the world stage for making empty promises, especially when it comes to its nuclear program, would follow through on its pledges from this week's meetings. He met Kim again in May when Trump said he was withdrawing from the planned summit with Kim - a decision Trump quickly reversed.

Ordinary North Koreans consistently voice unequivocal support for the leadership when speaking to foreign media.

Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit. Trump will likely benefit politically from that sense of relief. But any anti-Trump talking point suits the resistance and if it creates fear among the gullible, so much the better.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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