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Trump declares an end to the North Korean nuclear threat

14 June 2018

But the United States president trumpeted the outcome as a "deal" with North Korea and vowed there would be "no more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research!"

Meeting for about five hours, Trump and Kim exchanged an historic handshake, took a short stroll together, patted each other's backs and signed a summit agreement. Trump said he believes his "very good relationship" with Kim brought them to this moment - and added that Kim told him that only Trump could have gotten him to the negotiating table.

The state media said talks were "epoch making" and would help to kickstart a "radical switchover in the most hostile [North Korea]-US relations". In 2017, the annual exercise involved 17,500 USA service members, with 3,000 coming from outside South Korea. "We're going to have a great discussion and will be tremendously successful". "Maybe in a year you'll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake".

However this stock phrase, favored by Pyongyang, stopped short of longstanding USA demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

Pompeo also said he anticipates the USA would next speak to North Korean officials "fairly quickly after we return to our home countries", adding that he was "very confident" that some form of engagement between the two sides would take place in the next week.

Taking a break from talks on denuclearization, the U.S. president chose to give his North Korean counterpart a peek into the vehicle created to protect against threats ranging from gunfire to biological and chemical attacks.

"Major disarmament... We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and half years", he said, adding that there is "a lot of work left to do".

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When questioned on the wording, Pompeo said Trump's intention was to allow the United States the opportunity to pursue further productive conversations on the issue with Pyongyang.

He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills. -South Korea alliance, forged in blood during the 1950-53 Korean War, should remain strong throughout the push for a negotiated end to the nuclear tensions. But big, joint U.S.

"His intention here was to put us in a place where we get the opportunity to have productive conversations connected to the denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo said.

A White House National Security Council official said some types of training would continue even after Trump's announcement.

To some commentators, Trump's choice of language was a major problem. The North has called them an invasion rehearsal and responded with its own weapons tests.

Baier, sounding taken aback by the president's flippant response, pressed Trump on the issue: "But he's still done some really bad things". Moon held talks with Kim in April at which Kim agreed to work toward "complete denuclearization".

"I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us", Trump said.

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Experts now expect a temporary peace to continue since North Korea has probably won what it wanted from Tuesday's summit and Trump is unlikely to back down from summit deals that he wants to portray as a diplomatic triumph.

Trump then pivoted to fondness for China's leader.

Bridling at a question from a reporter who asked why the summit document didn't mention complete and verifiable denuclearization, Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous".

Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing.

Bong Youngshik, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University, said it's too early to predict how Trump's cancellation of the military drills will play out in future nuclear negotiations.

Moon may not face any immediate serious political repercussions at home since North Korea will likely take gradual steps toward disarmament to prevent others from thinking it reneged on its pledge.

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