Trump Kim summit: United States president lauds deal despite scepticism

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North Korea was the big victor in the summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, an analyst said Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "tremendous".

South Korea's Blue House offered cautious assent to Trump's controversial statement Wednesday that the USA would halt "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, saying the suspension of joint military drills may be necessary to assist in denuclearization talks, according to Yonhap news agency.

On Thursday, Pompeo will meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's top envoy Taro Kono.

Logically, Trump should receive no credit if you believe he brought us to the brink of war with North Korea and then pulled us back.

Pompeo's comments came after North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Trump had agreed to a "step-by-step" process, suggesting that North Korea would gain concessions from the USA at the same time. The photos of Kim and Xi walking along the beach might not be as spectacular as those of Kim and Trump shaking hands, but the talks were probably more far-reaching than the four-hour summit.


Trump dodged trying to say North Korea was a "tough country" with "tough people". "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

Sputnik: What do you make of the coverage of by North Korean state media of the summit? He said the USA aims to achieve "major disarmament" by the end of Trump's first term.

Trump had described the drills as costly and "provocative", the latter a common refrain in Pyongyang, which regards the exercises as a rehearsal for invasion.

"The summit created this enormous historic opportunity for us to move forward and will fundamentally really shape the relationship between the United States and North Korea", Pompeo said. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem".

Hyundai Asan, the inter-Korean business arm of Hyundai Group, previously operated a joint tour programme at Mount Kumgang, a scenic mountain resort on North Korea's east coast.

THE FACTS: Trump is wrong to suggest North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.


"We have big teams ready to go", including experts from the USA and other partners around the world, Pompeo said.

After returning to the White House Wednesday, Trump also defended his decision to halt the joint military exercises with South Korea, which he called "war games" - a term used by Pyongyang - arguing on Twitter that the USA will "save a fortune".

In the poll, Trump received a 51 percent approval rating for his handling of North Korea and also led the list of leaders who should take the most credit for the summit and the joint pledge.

Moon has championed engagement with the North, and the agreement's language on North Korea's nuclear program was similar to what the leaders of North and South Korea came up with at their own summit in April. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.

"So amusing to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN", the president tweeted.

Bridling at a reporter who asked Wednesday how the deal would be verified, Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous". It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration. -South Korean drills was met with concern. The next military exercise is scheduled for August, and in years past, has drawn thousands of troops from the U.S., South Korea and other countries.


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