Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Trump Suggests Singapore Summit Ended North Korea Nuclear Threat

Trump Suggests Singapore Summit Ended North Korea Nuclear Threat

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he expects North Korea to take the major steps toward nuclear disarmament during Donald Trump's first term, as the USA president tweeted that there's "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

But in characteristically bullish tweets, Trump said everyone "can now feel much safer than the day I took office" and people could "sleep well tonight!"

Yu said that if the talks lead to a decreased nuclear threat from North Korea - the objective for US military officials being stationed in the region - then pulling USA troops should be on the table.

In their joint statement Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding USA demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

He also said that before he took office a year ago, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea".

President Donald Trump returned to Washington on Wednesday to piece together a new world reality, one he hopes will result in a nuclear-free North Korea and maybe one day a Nobel Peace Prize.

Also, the USA forces stationed at South Korea admitted that Department of Defense or the Indo-Pacific Command had given them "no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises" and hence will continue to coordinate with their Seoul counterparts and maintain their current positions until further notice.

North Korea's state media also hailed the summit as a success, including highlighting Trump's surprise announcement after the summit that the United States would stop military exercises with South Korea.

The North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

The US has long resisted calls from North Korea and China for dual suspension, saying that the bilateral, planned, and transparent military drills are legal while North Korea's nuclear program is not.

Suzanne Scholte, a human rights activist with the North Korea Freedom Coalition said it made her "stomach queasy" seeing Trump on stage with Kim, whom she described as a "mass murderer", but it may ultimately work to weaken the North Korean leadership.

While many support the close military co-operation with the U.S. as a key ally for the security it provides, critics say they are an unnecessary provocation and stand in the way of easing tensions with Pyongyang.

How will this change relations between the USA and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops? Trump phoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in after leaving Singapore to brief him on the discussions.

Japan's Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday that joint military exercises were "vital" for East Asian security and hence should not be suspended.

"Without Otto this would not have happened", Trump told a post-summit news conference in Singapore. -South Korean drills was met with concern.

There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said.

"At this current point, there is a need to discern the exact meaning and intent of President Trump's comments", Seoul's Defense Ministry said, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

Japan's defence chief said on Wednesday that the U.S. military presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for East Asian security. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

North Korea has condemned the drills as an unacceptable act of aggression, provocation and threat.

But others said it's a great step forward for peace.

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