Pompeo: U.S. aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years

Pompeo: U.S. aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years

Donald Trump has declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, following his summit with Kim Jong-un.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

Trump said the US will be monitoring the situation in North Korea to be sure that Kim is committed to dismantling his country's nuclear program.

Critics in the United States said the joint statement by the two leaders was short on detail and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim, whose country is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and weapons programs and is widely condemned for human rights abuses.

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!"

Last year's talking point was that Trump, with his "fire and fury" talk, was leading the USA into a nuclear war with North Korea.

But he said that was no longer the case, and everyone can "sleep well tonight". -South Korea military exercises, handing North Korea a win on one of its longtime policy goals.

But there was no mentioning the previous USA aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization". "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", the president wrote on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington.

"I think this time what's different is we trust the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim".

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In the United States, supporters of President Trump welcomed the outcomes of the summit as a historic breakthrough.

During the Hannity interview, Trump claimed that Kim agreed to terms that, for some reason, didn't make it into the actual written agreement.

As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to South Korea for follow-up talks on Wednesday, much of Asia was still trying to process the whirlwind events of the day before. Trump phoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in after leaving Singapore to brief him on the discussions.

On Saturday, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told reporters at Beijing Capital International Airport that his country would give the same warm welcome to the North Koreans as they have done to other state guests.

But there has been scepticism from both Democrats and Republicans about the lack of detail and surprise announcement about an end to joint drills with South Korea.

Kim Yong-hwa, another defector, who is part of group that uses the ocean current to send rice to the impoverished North, had also come to believe that Trump was committed to end Kim's repressive rule. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

The KCNA report, as well as the joint statement after the summit, also mentioned that the president had offered North Korea unspecified security guarantees, which Pyongyang considers an indispensable precondition for nuclear disarmament. "I think they will be continued for a while". He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

How can anyone be sure that North Korea is really denuclearizing?

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it was consulting with the White House and others, but was silent on whether the August exercise would proceed.

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