Thursday, 21 June, 2018

On Twitter, Trump declares that the North Korea nuclear threat is over

Did Putin give Trump the idea to stop “war games” with South Korea? Trump Declares North Korea ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat’
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 14:04

And that's not all.

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

Trump on Tuesday seemed fine with this, saying he thought Kim was being honest. But Trump's triumphalism is not based on concrete commitments by Kim that were established by his own administration's expectations setting before the talks.

Mr Trump's affinity for dealing one on one with strongmen was particularly stark after the messy bust-up with his G7 allies en-route to the summit.

When questioned on the wording of the statement, Pompeo said Wednesday that Trump's intention was to allow the USA the opportunity to pursue further productive conversations on the issue with Pyongyang. "I gave up nothing", he told reporters at a news conference, and then read off a list of what he believes were North Korean concessions - a halt to missile and nuclear tests, the earlier release of three USA hostages and a promise to return remains of USA soldiers dating to the Korean War.

"It is clear that, through this summit, the severe security conditions that meant we were always on alert for incoming missiles (from North Korea) were alleviated", Suga said.

"A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else, Trump said". We sort of understood that was never on the table'.

After seeing a clip of the rant, Mr Trump tweeted: "I watched him last night, and truly believe he may be punch-drunk".

The summit statement provided no details on when North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program or how the dismantling might be verified.

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"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", Trump wrote, even though North Korea has yet to give up any of its fissile material, estimated by independent experts to be enough for between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs. Then on Thursday night, Fox News aired an interview filmed during Trump's return flight from Singapore in which he defended Kim again.

"The supreme leader cherishes her voice and North Koreans notice it as well, so there is no reason for Kim Jong Un to replace someone who has been called a treasure in North Korea", said Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean defector who now lives in South Korea. "But there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations".

For all of what he achieved at the summit, Mr Kim's path ahead isn't all simple. Mr Trump made clear he was keeping United States sanctions in place until he saw evidence of a reduced nuclear threat.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore on Tuesday.

Several observers in the U.S. have expressed concerns that the summit will legitimize the odious Kim regime - the world's foremost pariah state, responsible for the operation of unconscionable gulags, currency counterfeiting, cyber theft, and even the manufacture of methamphetamines. If they do, then all kudos to them.

Pompeo faced immediate questioning from his traveling press about the content of the agreement with North Korea.

Despite tough US talk before the summit about "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization, the vaguely worded 1 1/2-page document Trump and Kim signed doesn't include that language and essentially represents "tacit approval" of North Korea's nuclear program, said Jeffery Lewis, director of the East Asia Non-Proliferation Program at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California.

While Trump was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for too little, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the USA president.