Summit removed N Korea nuclear threat, says Trump

Larry Hoffman
June 15, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it denuclearises. "Only then will there be relief from the sanctions".

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.

Gen. Kim Do-gyun, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, today. In the village of Panmunjom along the North-South border, the rival Koreas on Thursday held their first high-level military talks since 2007, focused on reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border.

"The world should rest assured the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan remain committed to achieve complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea", he said. But Pompeo says the two nations are in lockstep on maintaining sanctions.

Speaking to reporters after talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, Pompeo said, "China has reaffirmed its commitment to honouring the UN Security Council resolutions".

Instead, the agreement calls for "complete denuclearization".

"When you take over a country, a tough country, tough people and you take it over from your father - I don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have - if you can do that at 27 years old, that's one in 10,000 that could do that", Trump said.

"Kim Jong Un must have won a number of major concessions from Trump in other sectors in return for destroying such a major facility", the source continued.

Trump also declared on social media on Wednesday that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea", after his meeting with Kim. As is Korean custom with elders, Kim is shown making deferential gestures toward Trump, who is more than twice the age of the North Korean leader.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he would carefully consider suspending the military exercises.

Mr Trump's surprise promise to call off military exercises, describing them as expensive and "provocative", delighted North Korea and China but caught key United States allies off-guard.

So Pompeo had some explaining to do as he traveled to Seoul to brief the allies on what transpired in Singapore. -South Korea joint military exercises while North Korea proceeds with the denuclearization process. -North Korea summit, which was held on Tuesday.

The report from the Israeli foreign ministry also raised questions about Trump's decision to suspend joint military drills with South Korea after his meeting with Kim.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha echoed Trump, saying the relationship between Washington and Seoul was as "robust as ever".

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