Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

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"Most certainly in the president's first term", he said, speaking to a pool of journalists in Seoul, South Korea, where he was meeting his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. "There has been unanimity in that set of objectives, and I'm heartened by that".

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

The president's take on Kim's record echoed past assessments of the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin in which Trump brushed aside questions about killings of journalists and political opponents.

"His intention here was to put us in a place where we get the opportunity to have productive conversations connected to the denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo said.

To give you a brief recap of what the other media around the world said, Washington Post reported that the summit was a huge success for the North Korean leader, saying that President Trump made huge concession to Kim.

Though it is shown from the North Korean perspective, the documentary largely shows Trump in a flattering light - at one point Ri describes the president and Kim as "two supreme leaders" of their countries.

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

He said Kim affirmed an "unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in a signed document.

Pompeo insisted Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would "be a process, not an easy one". "Verification is essential to that". "Nobody thought we were going to have an agreement like that".

The Pentagon has still not said which drills would be halted and for how long, but a USA official told AFP Thursday that "major military exercises have been suspended indefinitely on the Korean peninsula".

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year", the report said.

Two North Korean missiles flew over Japan past year as Pyongyang made rapid advances in its programme to develop a missile capable of striking the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead. "There's a lot of work left to do".

"I am going from today", he said.

Even so, the liberal Moon looks unlikely to - and indeed, has not so far - criticize Trump's decision.

The lack of details contributed to an air of skepticism in Washington about what Trump accomplished. "Trying to reason with someone like that is like trying to hand feed a shark. Did you get anything in return?" he asked. -South Korea military exercises would not only affect the combat readiness of USA troops in South Korea but would also affect joint training involving the SDF.

That deal will be implemented with conditions and with "eyes open", Pompeo said.

On Wednesday, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Kim made no reference to North Korea's long-held position on the issue of its past abductions of Japanese citizens during his summit with President Trump.

Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim, with one possibility being an Abe visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

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