South Korea seeks clarity from U.S. after Trump-Kim summit

Trump Predicts 'Tremendous Success' In Summit With Kim

Trump Predicts 'Tremendous Success' In Summit With Kim

In a triumphant tweet upon his return to Washington on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", a brash and dubious claim following his summit with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, that yielded no concrete details about how or when Pyongyang would relinquish its atomic arsenal.

Jimmy Kimmel opened his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" monologue on Tuesday night by laying into President Trump over his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Singapore agreement does not detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the USA and the North continue.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he wrote in a second tweet.

At a news conference in Singapore after almost five hours of talks there with Kim, Trump said he "knows for a fact" that North Korea is serious about denuclearization this time and that Kim "wants to do the right thing".

The KCNA report - which was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party - also claimed that the president pledged to suspend military drills with South Korea, and lift sanctions on the North. That fell short of previous North Korean promises, including a September 2005 statement in which Pyongyang "committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs".

Trump said he would "absolutely" invite Kim to visit the White House and is open to visiting Pyongyang, as well. Current and former U.S. officials say they're concerned at the possibility that the United States might stop military drills unilaterally, without an explicit pledge from Pyongyang to lower its threat. Fears of conflict were particularly acute after Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" and Kim pledged to "tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire".

North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, highlighting concessions made by the USA president.

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", Trump tweeted after returning from the brief summit in Singapore.

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Kim Jong Un in turn said: "We overcame all obstacles and came here today".

Trump assailed media skeptics of his agreement with Kim.

Mr. Trump has tasked Pompeo with negotiating the details of North Korea's denuclearization.

For now, the world will be watching to see how the diplomatic process plays out.

Trump used Twitter posts to reject criticisms and say "great progress was made on the denuclearization of North Korea".

And after Trump made a fat joke and showed Kim the inside of his limo, they signed their "historish agreement", he said.

"I was shocked when he called the exercises 'provocative, ' a very unlikely word to be used by a United States president", the official said. -South Korea military exercises, handing North Korea a win on one of its longtime policy goals.

"I'm going to leave the content of our discussions between the two parties, but one should heavily discount some things that are written in other places", Pompeo said.

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