Donald Trump Says North Korea No Longer A Nuclear Threat

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

North Korea's state media said Wednesday that its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump shared the view that "step-by-step" and "simultaneous" actions are important to achieve peace and denuclearization.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington. It wasn't until Trump's tenure that North Korea began testing an intercontinental ballistic missile and the bellicose rhetoric between the two leaders ramped up. Donald Trump then guided Kim Jong-un to the library where the one-on-one meeting was to take place.

Pompeo also sought to counter concerns that North Korea and the USA came away from the talks with fundamentally different interpretations.

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System firing an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile during a U.S. His country with its Stalinist-era police state and centrally planned economy had a per-capita GDP rank of 214 out of 228 countries in the world before the U.S., China and most of the rest of the world imposed their latest round of sanctions.

Of course, it's no surprise that North Korean outlets would paint a picture of Kim dictating to the American president, but the factual discrepancies in the two accounts are exactly why there were concerns about Trump and Kim talking one-on-one, with only their interpreters present.

Suzanne Scholte, a human rights activist with the North Korea Freedom Coalition said it made her "stomach queasy" seeing Trump on stage with Kim, whom she described as a "mass murderer", but it may ultimately work to weaken the North Korean leadership. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote.

In a statement, U.S. Forces-Korea said it had received no guidance or forewarning of Trump's announcement of the halt to the exercises, and South Korea professed to be baffled.

As he made his way from Air Force 1 to a waiting SUV, a waiting reporter asked how he planned to verify North Korea's denuclearisation. "That will take a while".

But at the summit, he said, Trump strengthened Kim's hold on power.

On the other hand, Russian Federation and China, who joined North Korea in criticizing the joint military drills in the past, welcomed Trump's decision.

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"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the US", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon.

North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.

Mr Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit. Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday welcomed the document signed by both leaders as a "first step" towards denuclearisation. Bloomberg hosted a live chat about the Trump-Kim summit on the LINE messaging app, where people tuned in to have their questions answers by editors.

Rodman was crying from behind his dark sunglasses while wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and explaining to CNN's Chris Cuomo the trials he's faced to try to create peace between the US and North Korea, including receiveing death threats.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday the USA was stopping "very provocative" and costly military exercises with South Korea to facilitate denuclearisation negotiations with North Korea. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. Its inspectors have not returned to North Korea since they were expelled from the country in 2009.

But others said it's a great step forward for peace.

How will this change relations between the US and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops?

That's his essence. He has decided he trusts the butcher of Pyongyang who had his own brother and half-brother assassinated, has killed top aides for looking the wrong way, has 120,000 fellow Koreans in the political prisons where many starve to death and on and on in the Kim-dynasty atrocities department.

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