President Donald Trump started Wednesday morning by touting his biggest accomplishment in diplomacy with North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un: all but eliminating the threat of nuclear war.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it has denuclearised in a way that is "complete, verifiable and irreversible". If Abe's visit to Pyongyang proves hard, Japan is eyeing another scenario for Abe to meet Kim on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in September in Vladivostok, if the North Korean leader attends, the paper said.
As he flew home from Singapore, Trump was already shifting his attention back to this season's larger story arc. Moscow and Beijing have long pushed a plan known as "freeze-for-freeze", referring to a halt to USA military maneuvers alongside a freeze in North Korean nuclear and missile tests. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".
Japan formally lists 17 citizens as abduction victims and suspects North Korea is involved in many more disappearances.
And after Trump made a fat joke and showed Kim the inside of his limo, they signed their "historish agreement", he said. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience.More news: Modi salutes indomitable spirit of Afghanistan on Test debut
Trump has been on a victory tour of sorts since he returned from the historic summit, where he was the first USA president to meet with a sitting leader from North Korea.
South Korea's Blue House offered cautious assent to Trump's controversial statement Wednesday that the USA would halt "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, saying the suspension of joint military drills may be necessary to assist in denuclearization talks, according to Yonhap news agency. The mercurial USA president took an initial liking to the North Korean despot at the landmark Singapore summit, but touch and feel will not verify the complex task of denuclearizing the totalitarian state, in whole or in part.
The president described the summit as a starting point, and the United States concessions as innocuous.
Pompeo insisted North Korea was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would "be a process, not an easy one".
While Trump was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for too little, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the US president.
Pompeo added that Trump was "incredibly clear" to Kim about when the USA would lift the sanctions.More news: Apple steps up encrytion to thwart police cracking of iPhones
Deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division Phil Robertson criticised Mr Trump for putting little or no emphasis on the human rights of North Koreans. The Korean Central News Agency welcomed that decision and use that very same word - provocative - to describe these exercises.
A Japanese government source familiar with the matter told Reuters officials aimed to discuss a summit with North Korean officials at a regional security conference in Mongolia on Thursday and Friday.
The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War and has used them in a variety of drills.
Trump left the discussions assured that Kim would begin dismantling his country's missile sites in the immediate future, telling ABC News that Kim "trusts me, and I trust him". The exercises are meant to ensure that South Korean and USA troops are ready to respond to sudden North Korean aggression.
But it was just days ago that trade tensions between the United States and its second-largest trading partner escalated following the G-7 meeting after Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a public spat. The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty, leaving the two sides in a technical state of war.More news: Mulroney says he's 'never seen anything' like Trump surrogates' attacks on Trudeau
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