Kim nuclear summit praised, but big questions loom


"Trump has pursued what he calls a "maximum pressure" campaign" against Pyongyang to force it to give up its nuclear weapons.

Even as Pompeo staunchly defended the summit results, he was less exuberant than Trump, who tweeted on his return to the USA on Monday morning: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

News that Kim did not utter North Korea's usual claim has started raising hopes among Japanese government officials that there may be room to resume bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang. He said the USA was hopeful North Korea would take "major" disarmament steps before the end of Trump's first term in office, which concludes in January 2021.

Pompeo's comments Thursday come amid uncertainty over what the US and North Korea's joint commitment "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" means in practice, and doubts over Trump's tweet that after the June 12 summit "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". Their visit passes were cancelled and they were repatriated to South Korea, the police said on Wednesday night (June 13) in response to queries from The Straits Times. "'You know, we're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea, and I said, 'What's this costing?"

"With getting strong support from Mr. Trump, (Japan) is determined to settle the issue" through direct negotiations with North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Wednesday. He toughened up worldwide sanctions to further isolate North Korea and then agreed to meet directly with Kim after South Korea's president convinced him that the North was committed to giving up its nuclear weapons.

Mr. Trump downplayed Kim's actions, suggesting Kim isn't alone in that. To the contrary, the conciliatory United States moves will enable and accelerate the implementation of inter-Korean peace.

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Then on Friday, the former real estate tycoon insisted he had actually been preparing for his encounter with Kim "all my life". But there is skepticism whether he will suddenly give up an arsenal in which he and his family have invested for decades.

After almost five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim on Tuesday, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and the USA agreed to "provide security guarantees". "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea". Just how much was achieved, though, is in question, because of the suspicions that emerged later that North Korea had been secretly seeking to enrich uranium.

Mr Trump's surprise promise to call off military exercises, describing them as expensive and "provocative", delighted North Korea and China but caught key USA allies off-guard.

Trump and Kim are set to meet Tuesday morning (Monday evening in the United States).

Abe spoke by phone with Trump after the one-day summit in Singapore that mostly centered on discussions of how to denuclearize North Korea.

Japan has expressed concern, while South Korea said earlier it needed "to find out the exact meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks". What has it been like there and how is the summit being covered by the other foreign media outlets there?

The Singapore summit was a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved global legitimacy, and whose autocratic leader stands accused of murdering opponents and members of his own family.

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President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, but the historic meeting was just the first step toward diplomacy, according to some experts.

"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview in Singapore after the summit.

The Pentagon could not immediately provide an estimate of how much the drills cost.

But there was some skepticism about the summit's outcome "I'm afraid that many Japanese people are not so satisfied with the agreement".

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency was more optimistic, saying that the summit heralds a thaw in Pyongyang-Washington ties.

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