No More Nuclear Threat from North Korea

Irene MckinneyJun 14, 2018

The issue of North Korea's abysmal human rights record, which Trump said he and Kim touched on during their summit, is also left to be addressed in a more formal way.

Most of all, I think they feel relief - relief they would not have felt, and certainly not to the same degree, if the Democrats hadn't drummed up hysteria about an impending war with North Korea.

President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

Kim, in return, agreed to work toward a vague "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump, who returned to Washington early on Wednesday, hailed the meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, as a success that had removed the North Korean threat.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he tweeted Wednesday.

And he rejected widespread criticism of Trump's announcement that the US is suspending military exercises with South Korea and Japan - a long-sought North Korean and Chinese goal that took the Seoul, Tokyo, US military officials and lawmakers by surprise.

"Although not part of the joint declaration, Mr Trump said after the summit that sanctions "will come off" once the United States is sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".

Trump has repeatedly touted his role in bringing the reclusive North Korea to the negotiating table, a feat that he says his predecessors were unable to pull off.

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".

The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the U.S. would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.

This is certainly not the pledge for the unilateral dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme that the United States has always pushed for. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

Mr Kim arrived in town on Sunday for a historic summit on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump to discuss possible denuclearisation efforts.

"I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans", Pompeo said.

The 33 photos seen in Wednesday's Rodong Sinmun were far fewer than the 61 featured in the Rodong the day after the April 27 inter-Korean summit but the April event had been a one-day trip for Kim Jong Un while Kim was in Singapore for three. "We're not engaged in any reduction of USA forces talks, and I think we all wait until after this settles and we go forward". Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. -South Korean drills was met with concern.

Provocative nuclear and missile tests by North Korea a year ago initially gave Moon little diplomatic room to maneuver.

Pyongyang canceled pre-summit talks with Seoul last month, calling the "Max Thunder" military exercise "an intentional provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula".

"For North Korea's leaders, it's very important to have nuclear weapons to protect themselves", he explains.

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