On Twitter, Trump declares that the North Korea nuclear threat is over
Jun 14 2018
Pompeo also pushed back on criticism that the joint statement issued after the Tuesday summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to include the terms "verifiable" and "irreversible" - two conditions Pompeo and other United States officials have repeatedlysaid are necessary for any deal.
Trump also said in a separate tweet that North Korea is "no longer" the US' "biggest and most unsafe problem", telling Americans and the rest of the world they can "sleep well tonight!"
In a lengthy piece, state mouthpiece KCNA signaled that the meeting would bring about a change in relations between the USA and North Korea. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"
The coverage in the state-run paper, including 33 images of Mr. Trump, Mr. Kim and others at the summit, praised the "will of the top leaders of the two countries to put an end to the extreme hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S".
With both Trump and Kim now having exchanged invitations to each other's countries, the USA president sees a promising personal relationship with his North Korean counterpart as the key to further progress.
Bother U.S. allies view the drills as a bulwark against North Korean aggression and necessary to ensuring a stable security architecture in Northeast Asia.
"We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!" he wrote online.
"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.
"All of that points to a new era of the relationship between the United States and North Korea", Tina Park, vice president of the NATO Association of Canada, told Global News.
Later, a Pentagon spokesman said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was "not surprised" by Trump's concession ending the war games and had been consulted, including discussions with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "A lot of pundits think it was a mistake to meet with an unstable dictator, but Kim Jong Un said, 'You know what?"
Moon, acting as a mediator, worked for months to help bring about the Trump-Kim summit, Reuters reported.
"The world will see a major change".
Trump used Twitter posts to reject criticisms and say "great progress was made on the denuclearization of North Korea".
But that language - verifiable and irreversible - was not in the joint statement signed by Mr. Trump and Kim.
Media captionTrump Kim summit: What happens now? "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".
"Well, we've given him (security guarantee), I don't want to talk about it specifically, but we have given him, he is going to be happy", he said.