Pompeo: US Expects 'Major' NKorea Disarmament in Trump's 1st Term

Earlier on the same day, the ROK's President Moon Jae-in said the world had escaped the threat of war after this week's Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim Jong-un, top leader of the DPRK.

"They had a summit as a nuclear state with Kim on equal turf with Trump, got the United States to halt joint military exercises with South Korea".

The Facts: Trump is wrong to suggest North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.

Some say Trump's nixing the Iran deal proves to North Korea that an American agreement is not to be trusted.

A task force has been also launched to prepare for possible tour programmes in the North by South Korean tourists, according to the Korea Tourism Organisation.

The document mentioned denuclearisation but not the USA demand of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID)". -North Korea summit makes no reference to verification nor to a time frame to achieve denuclearization. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

"So is a dangerously naive president", Schiff said.

Actually, concerns about North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons reached a peak last year, during Trump's first year in office, as the North conducted more tests and Trump and Kim aimed ever more fiery rhetoric at each other. "It is worrisome, very worrisome that this joint statement is so imprecise", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

Although the Pentagon said Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was consulted, current and former U.S. defence officials expressed concern at the possibility the United States would halt the exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea lowering the threat. North Korean state TV, for its part, hailed Kim for "opening a new chapter" in relations with the US.


In Pyongyang, commuters gathered around a news stand at a subway station where the front page had been posted.

"Yesterday's conflict does not have to be tomorrow's war", Trump, 71, said following more than four hours of intense talks with Kim, 34, which he described as "honest, direct and productive".

Fulsome applause for another country is unusual for the media in the impoverished North, which generally do not show detailed images of affluent foreign countries. "It is necessary to monitor the situation a little bit more before determining whether the Singapore summit succeeded or failed".

"Kim Jong Un got what he wanted at the Singapore Summit: the global prestige and respect of a one-on-one meeting with the American president, the legitimacy of North Korean flags hanging next to American flags in the background", said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.

"We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!" he said on Twitter.

The Pentagon could not immediately provide an estimate of how much the drills cost.

Security experts warn that a reduction in USA military presence in East Asia would alter the balance of power in the region as China engages in a rapid military build-up. It is already a historic event that the leaders of two foes have met.

That would go against what the Trump administration has said so far.


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