Trump sees 'new future' for North Korea, but path unclear

Joann Johnston
June 14, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L), in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

"A long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump simpered.

By claiming that the North Korean nuclear threat has disappeared, Trump also risks weakening the USA negotiating position in talks on denuclearization that were mandated by the summit and will be led from the U.S. side by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While Trump and Kim concluded their summit in Singapore by signing a joint statement that promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it did not specify what that process would entail.

"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two and half years", the top American diplomat said when asked how soon the USA wanted to see North Korea move to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Mr Trump told Fox News: "We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith".

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that further USA talks with North Korea on how and when it will end its nuclear program will resume "sometime in the next week".

But he said that was no longer the case, and everyone can "sleep well tonight". In return, Trump has promised to stop USA military drills in South Korea.

-South Korea war games as part of the negotiations with Kim.

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 worldwide inspections.

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But the White House "tried to fill in the blanks", he said, and in Kimmel Live's imagining, Trump gave away a comically large number of things.

In a series of tweets, Trump sought to take political credit for the summit but risked undermining the United States strategy in the region.

Turkey has hailed the historic summit between the United States and North Korean leaders as a "turning point" in diplomatic efforts on the Korean peninsula.

"We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks", Pompeo said.

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During his post-summit press conference, Trump admitted that he may be wrong about Kim's willingness to denuclearize.

The US has been a major ally of Seoul since the Korean War in the 1950s, and is seen by many nations as the ultimate guarantor of security in the region. "But I also think they're very expensive", he said.

Trump, who has frequently sparred with the media, was also unsparing in his criticism of television coverage of the summit, singling out two networks for scorn.

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills.

At times, the video speaks to Kim directly, suggesting he could make a choice that would open North Korea up to new investment and step into a starring role in a moment in history with Trump.

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