Pompeo Sees North Korean Denuclearization in Trump's First Term

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President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", a dubious claim following his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that produced no guarantees on how and when Pyongyang would disarm. A North Korean aide wearing latex gloves reportedly inspected and wiped the pen intended for Kim, which he didn't end up using. Others might say it's Moon who is probably more deserving, since he was pushing Trump and Kim toward peace when they were still both threatening nuclear war.

"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".

The unprecedented, one-on-one meeting in Singapore Tuesday aimed to kickstart a process that would lead to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula and resolve seven decades of hostilities between the world's largest nuclear power and the isolated pariah state.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks at a TV broadcasting a news report on summit between the USA and North Korea during a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea.

There were worries, especially in Tokyo and Seoul, which have huge USA military presences, about Trump agreeing to halt US military exercises with South Korea, which the North has long claimed were invasion preparations.

President Donald Trump said afterwards that sanctions would remain in place for now, but would be lifted once "nukes are no longer a factor".

Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from CT, said in a statement the ramifications of meeting with Kim Jong Un will have "serious negative consequences for American national security", and it exposed Trump as an "unprepared, weak negotiator".

Julie and David - who both asked to use pseudonyms for fear of retaliation by North Korean authorities - are a married couple who escaped from the reclusive country they said was "comparable to hell" in 2005 and now live in Toronto.

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"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea's Lieutenant-Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.

"For North Korea, they got exactly what they wanted".

Yet Trump and Kim have yet to agree even on how to define denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - the stated goal of the meeting. They said both Trump and Moon should be blamed for not specifying steps and deadlines for North Korea's nuclear disarmament, allowing it time to flawless its weapons program.

"It is up to the US and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises". "I don't think Jong-un will give them up".

North Korea's media is tightly controlled by the government and only ever reports positively on officials' activities. He met for almost an hour at the air base with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, before heading by motorcade to Seoul.

Most of us realize that the hysterical anti-Trump resistance has difficulty keeping its talking points straight.

Pompeo also sought to counter concerns that North Korea and the US came away from the talks with fundamentally different interpretations. But he kept trying to reach out to North Korea, and eventually found a role as a mediator after Kim offered in January to send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Seoul on Wednesday, sought to quell criticism that North Korea didn't make any major commitments at the summit in Singapore.