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Trump declares North Korea 'no longer a nuclear threat'

HAVE YOU GOT A PEN? North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inked a joint statement with a pen provided by his sister rather than the one provided HAVE YOU GOT A PEN? North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inked a joint statement with a pen provided by his sister rather than the one provided
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 09:11

The top diplomats from the United States, South Korea, and Japan promised on Thursday to work together to ensure North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons program after U.S President Donald Trump's summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

Upon returning from the Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, trump tweeted Wednesday that it was "so funny" to watch coverage by NBC and CNN, whom labeled as "fake news" and "fools", as he indicated both networks were doing their best to downplay the agreement with North Korea.

North Korea's state-controlled media provided its version of events Wednesday, saying that Trump had promised to end joint military exercises with South Korea and to eventually lift sanctions.

Mr Trump said before he took office, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", and president Barack Obama said North Korea was the nation's biggest problem.

Pompeo added that Trump was "incredibly clear" to Kim about when the US would lift the sanctions.

"[It] needs to be clarified by the South Koreans and also by the White House, exactly what we mean".

"My whole life has been deals", he said. But big, joint U.S. Nor has there been any mention of human rights in the early discussions about follow-up meetings between the Trump administration and the North Korean regime. "We love the American people", he said.

President Trump has made it official, at least on Twitter. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

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Critics pointed to the lack of specifics in the agreement while questioning whether Trump gave up too much while securing too little in return during his several hours of talks with Kim in what was the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

The presentation bemused those of us packed into the press hall - we thought at first it was North Korean propaganda.

"For now, there still is a need to find out the exact meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks", a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office said, reacting to the surprise announcement.

Pompeo will then travel to Beijing, North Korea's main diplomatic ally. But the two countries didn't nail down how and when the North might denuclearize or shed light on the unspecified "protections" Trump pledged to Kim and his government.

Pompeo said Trump was alluding to the fact that it was the first time a sitting USA president had met with Kim, adding that both leaders had a "blunt conversation" about the need for the communist state to rejoin the world community.

Most Western observers have said the deal includes no new commitments from North Korea nor details on how denuclearisation could be achieved or verified. "So he's a very smart guy, he's a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other".

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S. -South Korean drills was met with concern. It's unclear whether the president informed US allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

In South Korea, the liberal Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said Trump and Kim have started a "march of peace" to end almost seven decades of hostility and pave the way for permanent peace and prosperity on the peninsula.