N Korea nuclear disarmament by 2020

N Korea nuclear disarmament by 2020

The lack of a definitive timeframe or verification mechanism for North Korea's nuclear disarmament prompted some former U.S. diplomats to question the utility of the summit and suggested Trump's tactics could undermine Washington's alliances with Seoul and Japan. Trump said he would invite Kim to the White House "at the appropriate time" and that Kim had already accepted the not-yet-extended invitation.

Both were aware that the once-unthinkable meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader was a media blockbuster, drawing journalists from around the world, global viewers and mobs of cellphone-waving onlookers in the Asian city-state chosen for their sit-down. North Korea also past year detonated a purported thermonuclear warhead and flight-tested three developmental ICBMs that demonstrated potential range to reach mainland American cities.

All of this from a 34-year-old leader who was widely written off as too young and too inexperienced to last very long when he assumed power after his enigmatic father, Kim Jong Il, died in late 2011.

Soon, Mr Kim was on a plane headed home, while a clearly ebullient Mr Trump held forth for more than an hour before the press on what he styled as a historic achievement to avert the prospect of nuclear war.

Pompeo is charged by Trump with leading the follow-on negotiations with North Korea. Only a few months ago, Kim and Trump were swapping personal insults such as "dotard" and "little rocket man", and the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and fired missiles over Japan.

"It's my honour. We will have a terrific relationship I have no doubt".

North Korea's state media also hailed the summit as a success, including highlighting Trump's surprise announcement after the summit that the United States would stop military exercises with South Korea.

After successful cooperation at the Olympics, Jae-in sent special envoys to North Korea who later traveled to Washington with Kim's proposal for a summit with Trump.

It made no reference to other weapons capabilities, including the missiles that North Korea has fired over Japan. Pompeo was slated to fly on to Beijing later Thursday.


It was unclear whether South Korea was aware of Mr Trump's decision before he announced it publicly.

Now "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea", Trump wrote, adding that the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "an interesting and very positive experience". "The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor", Trump later told reporters in Singapore.

The summit in Singapore, which marked a major reduction in tensions, yielded a joint statement that contained a promise to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, but it lacked details.

There is a precedent for cancelling joint exercises to encourage talks. Mr Kim, for his part, said the leaders had "decided to leave the past behind" and promised, "The world will see a major change". But if Trump seeks re-election in 2020, his government is likely to apply more pressure on North Korea to make substantial progress in denuclearization, which could bring the nuclear issue to another critical point, said Shin Beomchul of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

"I find it stunning that the White House didn't tell the South Koreans about stopping the joint exercises beforehand, but then again this is a president who doesn't believe in allies".

"I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous", Pompeo said.

Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement.

"China would be anxious about Trump going too far, too quickly".

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