Trump says DPRK no longer 'nuclear threat'

15 June, 2018, 02:44 | Author: Diane Mills
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This was then compounded, in Green's view, by Trump's dubious assertion on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat. "Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience", the USA president tweeted Wednesday morning after returning to Washington from Singapore, where he had held talks with Kim.

While acknowledging it was a "natural" decision to suspend joint exercises as a security guarantee for North Korea, Dr Shin stressed there should be a common understanding that the freeze applies only if the regime stays in dialogue. "Those have mechanisms for relief contained in them, and we agreed that at the appropriate time that those would be considered", Pompeo said.

Before the meeting, Trump tweeted that staff-level meetings between the United States and North Korea were going "well and quickly".

He emphasized that if a Japan-North Korea summit is held, it is crucial that the talks lead to a resolution of the abduction issue, along with the issues of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles. South Korea's one of the only countries in the world where the US could get away with enormous military exercises with tens of thousands of troops, both Korean and American.

At a news conference in Seoul, Pompeo said "staying closely aligned with our allies ... will be critical" to success with North Korean denuclearization, but he had nothing to say about the suspension of military drills.

Following media reports of his comments, Trump said American media is the "country's biggest enemy".

Putin also said he welcomed the meeting that took place between Mr Trump and Mr Kim in Singapore on Tuesday, adding that the summit has reduced the threat of a major conflict.

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Japanese media, including Jiji Press, said Japanese foreign ministry officials "contacted" their North Korean counterparts on Thursday at an global security conference in Mongolia.

Harris was a vocal supporter of joint miliary exercises when he was in uniform, calling them essential for US readiness and an important signal to Pyongyang that the United States would defend both itself and its ally Seoul. So we will never be able to fully satisfy North Korea short of giving up all of our nuclear weapons.

BC: There's a silver lining in having Trump as president: he is untethered to anybody, especially the Washington establishment, and in a curious way he may be able to make a lot of progress when all those other folks would raise all kinds of problems and insist on a laundry list of all the things North Korea has to do to please us.

When Ulchi Freedom Guardian was announced a year ago, the USA military called it a "computer-simulated defensive exercise created to enhance readiness".

South Korea and Japan were apparently caught off guard by the announcement.

The job of USA ambassador to South Korea has been vacant since Trump took office in January 2017, a point of bipartisan consternation given the need for strong collaboration with Seoul during the sensitive nuclear discussions. "I do know based on my previous job that China is very unhappy with the placement of the THAAD system, but that was an alliance decision" between the USA and South Korea.

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