Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

War games between South Korea and United States

War games between South Korea and United States

Washington: US President Donald Trump Wednesday congratulated himself on his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, insisting that country is no longer a nuclear threat.

Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.

The president praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a Wednesday interview, calling the head of the totalitarian regime a "smart guy" and a "great negotiator". The United States commits to security guarantees; North Korea commits to complete denuclearization.

The current understanding between Kim and Trump may not be a complete American giveaway either, as some critics are asserting. The photos of Kim and Xi walking along the beach might not be as spectacular as those of Kim and Trump shaking hands, but the talks were probably more far-reaching than the four-hour summit. Trump's announcement appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

Moon later said South Korea would be flexible when it comes to military pressure on North Korea if it is honest about denuclearization. And about eight of their representatives were watching it, and I thought they were fascinated.

But he also said he would love to bring the USA military out of South Korea because of the cost, adding that while it was not now part of the discussion, "at the appropriate time, it will be".

Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono pose during a trilateral meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea June 14, 2018.

North Korean state television Thursday aired footage of Kim Jong Un's historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, with the report describing Kim as a "prominent world leader" who is universally revered.

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the USA can trust.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats.


Whether or not the succeeding negotiations lead to fruition, Cabalza said North Korea will still have its nuclear weapon.

Trump has repeatedly touted his role in bringing the reclusive North Korea to the negotiating table, a feat that he says his predecessors were unable to pull off. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" "There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

When Baier pointed out some of the unsavory things Jong Un is accused of doing in North Korea, Trump demurred. Trump at the time condemned the North Korean government and its lack of "basic human decency".

But no rational and objective observer who followed the summit and saw Trump and Kim behaving so cordially can believe that Trump is leading the USA into a nuclear war with North Korea.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before US sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

However, there was no mention of the previous USA aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" from Pyongyang.

Some have even called the summit a win for Kim, who was offered what are seen as two key concessions: the end of joint South Korea-US military drills and the use of the preferred North Korean, rather than US term, for the denuclearization process.

The argument also allows Trump's political allies and supporters in conservative media to claim ahead of the midterm elections that the President has engineered a triumph overseas that was beyond all his predecessors and has made America and the world much safer.

The secretary of state and his counterparts in Seoul and Tokyo said they are united in support of the U.S. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally would be held in August.

A number of analysts caution that the U.S.

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