Pompeo Sees North Korean Denuclearization in Trump's First Term

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US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. North Korea is a real and present threat.

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 US into a nuclear war with North Korea.

"We hope that the outcomes of the US-DPRK Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula", said the MEA. "There's a lot of work left to do".

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade global inspections.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he trusts Kim, but that North Korea's denuclearization process will be thoroughly vetted and that the U.S.

While Trump claimed a historic breakthrough at the most significant diplomatic event of his presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was more measured.

Lieu dismissed the idea of holding the drills in Japan or Guam since the terrain would not properly simulate a conflict with North Korea.

"I suppose we could argue semantics, but let me assure you it's in the document", Pompeo said. "Kim gave us so little, you have to promise more than Kim did when you sign the iTunes user agreement - and I'm not making that up".

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"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, saying the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides. If you can do that at 27 years old, that's one in 10,000 who can do that.

The lack of details contributed to an air of skepticism in Washington about what Trump accomplished.

The Rodong Sinmun, the ruling Workers' Party newspaper, focused on photographs of Kim and Mr Trump shaking hands.

Think Trump told Kim Jong Un about the tear gas launchers and shotguns on board? "Trying to reason with someone like that is like trying to hand feed a shark".

After the summit, Trump announced that he was putting an end to the annual US-South Korean military drills and that he wants to remove the 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against a potential North Korean attack.

Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about the widely condemned human rights record of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, praising him as a "tough guy", a "smart guy" and a "great negotiator". "And at the point that it's concluded they are not, the president's commitment to not have those joint exercises take place will no longer be in effect".

Despite the uncertainties, Trump talked up the outcome of what was the first meeting between a USA and North Korean leader in six decades of hostility. "I would anticipate it will be fairly quickly after we return to our home countries".

As the dust settled, it appeared increasingly unlikely that US troops would be able to proceed with the annual Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a largely computer-simulated but large-scale exercise in South Korea that last took place in August 2017 and involved 17,500 USA forces joining South Korean troops.

"I think he's going to do these things", Trump said.

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