Trump declares the North Korea nuclear threat is over

The Foreign Minister said it was too early to say if the Trump Kim meeting could be deemed a success “but at least it’s a serious start”

The president also asserted that after his initial round of talks with Kim, there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

A day after his boss feted Kim Jong Un in Singapore with a long-coveted face-to-face meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Seoul to sort out just what the United States and North Korea agreed to, and to reassure nervous allies, including South Korea and Japan. Previous year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the USA mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target.

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When relations between the US and the DPRK thawed slightly between 1990 and 2005, a repatriation agreement allowed 229 sets of remains to come home to American families. "Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!"

Following the summit, Trump said the USA 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. Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner said Pence told them that small-scale exercises would continue, but "war games will not". No details of what those steps would be were given.

In an interview on Fox News Channel, Trump boasted about the relationship he forged with Kim during their first meeting this week in Singapore.

In a statement North Korea agreed to work towards "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Meanwhile, Trump accepted the offer originally suggested by China that the U.S. and North Korea suspend their tests and military exercises - the so-called freeze-for-freeze (or suspension-for-suspension) proposal that had been repeatedly rejected previously by the US. But about 30 percent said they approved of his handling of North Korea. The two sides promised to hold follow-up negotiations.

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 U.S. agreed to "provide security guarantees". Moscow and Beijing have long pushed a plan known as "freeze-for-freeze", referring to a halt to USA military maneuvers alongside a freeze in North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

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DPRK is an abbreviation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

In Pyongyang, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the US president; photos of him standing side-by-side with Trump on the world stage were splashed across newspapers. "Let's get rid of the nukes"' Trump said Tuesday.

Later, a Pentagon spokesman said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was "not surprised" by Trump's concession ending the war games and had been consulted, including discussions with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He told his top advisers before going in that he wanted to see where the meeting would go, and in the end he felt Kim was being genuine so he was willing to wheel and deal.

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.

Ahead of the Singapore gathering, another poll released by the University of Maryland showed a third of Americans-including 17 percent of independents-saying the lead up to the summit "gave them a more positive view of Trump, compared with 14 percent who said it created more negative feelings". When asked about thousands of people imprisoned in labor camps, Trump said he thinks he has helped them because things in North Korea will change. "I feel it's good". After all, if there is no threat, why would the North Koreans need to give up their arsenal?

"Otto did not die in vain". "Last night, Kim spent hours preparing, while at the same time Trump was laying in bed waiting for Spongebob to perform on the Tonys".

FILE PHOTO - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to media after the news conference by the U.S. President Donald Trump, after the summit between the U.S. and North Korea in Singapore, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, June 12, 2018. But again, the president suggested Kim isn't the world's worst butcher.

"I'm so thankful and fortunate we didn't talk about politics". "The world will see a major change".

Trump also downplayed concerns about Kim's human rights record.

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