Trump declares North Korea 'no longer a nuclear threat'

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

"Trump expressed his intention to halt the USA -south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the US, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation", the KCNA reported.

At a news conference before leaving the Singapore summit, Trump also speculated on the long-term possibility of withdrawing the 28,500 US troops in Korea if the initial agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads to denuclearization and peace.

The South Korean president responded positively to the summit, praising the "courage and determination" of both leaders.

These nuclear summits remind us that we live in a world where a couple of leaders could pick up their red phones and end human civilization.

It has nearly 30,000 troops in South Korea and the two countries hold annual large-scale drills.

It said that Kim and Trump had a candid exchange of views and in-depth discussion on establishing "new" bilateral relations and building a permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea lives under constant threat of an attack by North Korea, and the country's leadership has promoted the idea of diplomatic negotiations as a result.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", he said, Reuters reported. There are also joint US-Japanese drills each year. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

On the idea of Trump working with a "homicidal boy-king", the host threw to a clip of the president saying "I'm given what I'm given", to which Colbert added, "He's given what he's given, okay?"

China has confirmed that Pompeo will visit Beijing on Thursday.

Moon has made great efforts playing the role of mediator to bring the Cold War foes back to dialogue.

Who made this summit possible?

Tuesday's summit in Singapore was front page news on Wednesday, with full-page spreads of photos of Mr Kim and Mr Trump and details about the meeting.

But with no clear signs of how or when the process will unfold, others have been more cautious about the summit's implications. That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed. The US secretary of state has said Washington will demand "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation.

However, dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme will present a daunting challenge. In agreeing to the summit, Trump risked granting Kim his long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North's nuclear program. Typically, arms-control deals are verified by trained experts inspecting military and nuclear facilities. North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade global inspections.

Trump and Kim signed a document on Tuesday stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

In Pyongyang, commuters crowded round the spread of images the first they had seen of the summit, for majority. While the President is in charge, Pompeo said he will be the one "driving this process forward".