Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

North Korea no longer poses nuclear threat - Donald Trump

North Korea no longer poses nuclear threat - Donald Trump

There will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until its complete denuclearization, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in Seoul.

After returning to Washington, Trump tweeted Wednesday that the world can "sleep well tonight" and that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

The US top official defended Trump's decision to unilaterally stop US military exercises with South Korea near the Korean peninsula by saying that the halt will only last as long as North Korea is participating in productive and good-faith negotiations.

Pompeo also pushed back against reports coming from North Korean official state media, claiming Trump and Kim agreed to a "step-by-step" process, with many interpreting the announcement as the US giving concessions to the regime along the way.

Mr Pompeo has travelled to South Korea to brief the US's regional allies on the agreement, and on Mr Trump's surprise announcement that he was ending the routine US-South Korea military drills which have so angered North Korea.

Then later, the narrator says, "a new world can begin today", as an animated sequence suggests what the impoverished North Korea could look like if it was as brightly lit up at night as the far more prosperous South Korea.

According CNN and BBC Monitoring, North Korean state TV has aired news of the summit across the country on Thursday.

Trump was flanked in the larger meeting by chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

A US official told AFP that "major military exercises have been suspended indefinitely on the Korean peninsula".

Trump and Kim are meeting in Singapore for historic talks aimed at finding a way to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

"Regardless of the smiles in the summit many in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. Congress doubt that North Korea is honest in its intentions", the report states.

North Korea has long regarded the joint military exercises as a rehearsal for invasion.

Retired American professional basketball player Dennis Rodman speaks to the press as he arrives at Changi International airport ahead of US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 11, 2018.

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