Trump Kim summit: U.S. president lauds deal despite scepticism

Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump

The president raised more questions after declaring upon his return to the US that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Current and former USA defence officials expressed concern at the possibility that the United States would unilaterally halt military exercises without an explicit concession from North Korea that lowers the threat from Pyongyang.

Kang said South Korea and the United States shared the same goals and approach to achieving denuclearization.

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

Observers expect a visit by a North Korean official to Beijing soon, as the traditional allies will want to consult going forward. What if America suffers buyer's remorse and the president (or perhaps the next president) reneges, and Kim finds that he is as vulnerable as was Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose fate national security adviser John Bolton has made clear he would happily assign to the North Korean leader?

Trump later told a news conference he would end joint US-South Korean military exercises.

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Despite the uncertainties, Trump talked up the outcome of what was the first meeting between a USA and North Korean leader in six decades of hostility.

Also on Thursday, North and South Korea held their first military talks in more than a decade. -North Korea denuclearization agreement has not produced any reduction in the North Korea nuclear or missile threat, and they remain skeptical that the Kim government will agree to dismantle its entire nuclear and missile weapons programs that has always been seen as vital to it survival. He also welcomed the diplomatic progress made at the summit, but sought clarification at the trilateral meeting that North Korea's short-range ballistic missile arsenal that could target the mainland of Japan and its chemical weapons capability would also eliminated as part of the denuclearization deal. But North Korea has dropped out of similar talks time and time again.

Trump quickly took North Korea's side on bilateral military issues involving South Korea. "Nobody thought we were going to have an agreement like that". It's very Trump and nails to a T how he sees the world: Everything is entertainment, even when the president of the United States meets with a dictator who literally enslaves millions of his own people.

Trump said that after exchanging verbal barbs - with Trump calling Kim "little rocket man" and Kim calling Trump "a dotard" - the two men grew to further respect each other.

Joel Wit, a Stimson Center senior fellow and North Korea expert, told NPR that in such a timeline "you could probably disarm key portions of the North Korea nuclear program".

The president can not be accused of going too far out on a limb here, however: The sanctions against North Korea remain in force.

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Pompeo agreed, saying "We've seen power when China and the USA work together and don't treat the relationship as a zero sum".

Combined with an absence of U.S.

"We envision strong, secure and prosperous North Korea that is fully integrated into the community of nations".

In an interview that was taped aboard Air Force One while Trump was flying back to the United States from Singapore, he was pressed by Fox News's Bret Baier on Kim's human rights record.

Asked about his having suggested Russian Federation be let back into the G7, Trump said of that meeting, "We spent about 25% of our time talking about Russian Federation". -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.

The Trump administration is set to cancel the next joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula scheduled for August, a report said on Wednesday. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

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