US Secretary of State to visit China, talk about Trump-Kim summit

Irene MckinneyJun 14, 2018

President Donald Trump declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat, even though Kim Jong Un hasn't committed to a timetable for giving up his weapons.

After arriving back in the USA, the president also tweeted that "everybody can now feel much safer".

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a historic agreement at the end of Tuesday's unprecedented summit.

On the issue the world has been most fixated on - North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal meant to target the entire US mainland - Trump and Kim signed a joint statement that contained a repeat of past vows to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

The agreement signed Tuesday by Trump and Kim also included provisions for future negotiations, hinting at the possibility of more meetings between the USA and North Korean leaders.

Trump at a news conference Tuesday after the summit suddenly announced that he would end "provocative" and "expensive" joint military operations between the USA and South Korea, declaring "I think it's inappropriate to have war games" while negotiations were underway.

While hopes were high ahead of the first-ever meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, expectations of what the summit could produce fell in the days leading up to the meeting. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote.

In return, Mr Trump, to the surprise of US ally South Korea and his own military, said he would end joint US-South Korea military exercises.

-South Korea military exercises, making clear to the North Korean leader that those exercises will resume if Pyongyang negotiates in bad faith.

Bother U.S. allies view the drills as a bulwark against North Korean aggression and necessary to ensuring a stable security architecture in Northeast Asia.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".

The Republican chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit.

North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, highlighting concessions made by the USA president.

After the Singapore summit ended on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Seoul to confer with South Korean officials.

Trump assailed media skeptics of his agreement with Kim.

According to the statement, the two leaders conducted an in-depth and honest exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of a new Pyongyang-Washington relationship, as well as building a lasting and robust foundation that leads to peace on the Korean peninsula.

Current and former U.S. defence officials expressed concern at the possibility that the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang. But the two countries didn't nail down how and when the North might denuclearize or shed light on the unspecified "protections" Trump pledged to Kim and his government.

Here is an outline of how events may unfold after the first summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea.

"I think it's very provocative", he said - echoing Pyongyang's traditional line.

Talks are to be led on the US side by Pompeo and, according to the agreement, a "relevant, high-level" North Korean official.

Media captionTrump Kim summit: What happens now?

In comments reported by Reuters, he said there was still "a great deal of work to do. a long way to go with North Korea".

At the start of his meeting with Kim, which began with a hand-shake, Trump said: "Working together we will get it taken care of..."

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