Trump declares an end to the North Korean nuclear threat

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seemed to get along famously in Singapore

EVAN VUCCI AP US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seemed to get along famously in Singapore

The lack of a definitive timeframe or verification mechanism for North Korea's nuclear disarmament prompted some former U.S. diplomats to question the utility of the summit and suggested Trump's tactics could undermine Washington's alliances with Seoul and Japan. It wasn't until Trump's tenure that North Korea began testing an intercontinental ballistic missile and the bellicose rhetoric between the two leaders ramped up. He told reporters that if the US concludes they no longer are, the freeze "will no longer be in effect".

Trump's rush to claim credit for the supposed disappearance of the North Korean nuclear threat may also give nations like China and Russian Federation an incentive to ease stringent implementation of the "maximum pressure" sanctions that helped bring Pyongyang to the table.

Clinton reached an aid-for-disarmament deal in 1994 that halted North Korea's plutonium production for eight years, freezing what was then a very small atomic arsenal.

Now that's frankly ludicrous.

The source said halting the joint exercises was one of "many tools in the tool box" that the President took with him to meet with Kim but the final decision on what concession or concessions he would make wasn't determined until he was able to size up Kim.

He continued: "I suppose we could argue semantics but let me assure you it's in the document".

"Pyongyang will read this as a concession that its nuclear and missile advancements purchased weaker language on denuclearization, " Mount said.

Following the summit, Trump said the U.S. would halt its "provocative" joint military drills with South Korea as long as negotiations are ongoing with the North, an announcement that caught Seoul by surprise.

However, South Korean officials said they had no prior knowledge of the end of military exercises, pointing out that they were "vital" to east Asian security.

"No, I think China would really like to see no nuclear weapons, you want to know the truth, because look, whether you're semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you're that close, that can't be a positive feeling", Trump said. "I'm for the United States", Trump clarified. US defense analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the U.S.

And Pompeo will have to assuage concerns in Japan, too. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the USA can trust.

Even the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based policy research group normally supportive of Trump's foreign policy, signaled its reservations.

Conservative House Republicans were unrepentant in their praise for the president for engaging with North Korea, a sharp reversal from many of their views on similar negotiations between President Barack Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran. It is unclear how or exactly when it was communicated.

Immediately after the meeting in Singapore, North Korean state media claimed that the United States made a series of private commitments that went far further than Trump and his team have publicly revealed.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have signed a joint document in which they commit to working "toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". We have 32,000 soldiers in South Korea.

The sanctions regime that has placed unprecedented restrictions on the North Korean economy is now likely to slip.

In the joint statement, North Korea only agreed to "work toward" denuclearization.

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