Pyongyang Press Puts a Shine on Supreme Leader in Trump-Kim Talks

Pyongyang Press Puts a Shine on Supreme Leader in Trump-Kim Talks

President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the US after his meeting this week in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that Americans should "sleep well tonight".

Pompeo also said he was very confident that "sometime in the next week or so we will begin the engagement" with North Korea, though he didn't know the timing or how meetings would be structured.

"We welcome the negotiations of chairman of the State Affairs Commission of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump", the Ministry said in a statement.

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the USA, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low.

Pompeo said that he was "present when the discussion took place" and that Trump was "unambiguous about that and how he communicated it" to the North Korean leader. "Our unprecedented meeting - the first between an American President and a leader of North Korea - proves that real change is possible!" "No longer - sleep well tonight!" Trump, meanwhile, faced questions about whether he gave away too much in return for far too little when he bestowed a new legitimacy on Kim's rule and agreed, at Pyongyang's request, to end war games with Seoul that the allies had long portrayed as crucial to Asian safety.

China has repeatedly called for a "freeze-for-freeze" or "dual suspension" initiative, in North Korea suspends its nuclear program in exchange for the US and South Korea to suspend their joint military exercises in the region.

Some analysts are likely to see the comments as part of a worrying trend since North Korea showed no public sign at the summit or since that it is now willing to implement the complete, irreversible and verifiable destruction of its nuclear programs. -South Korean military exercises, framing it as Trump agreeing to a request from Kim.

On Wednesday Trump framed this as a win, saying the United States will now "save a fortune". "We'll be verifying", the president remarked in a rare, extended news conference after the summit.

Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing. North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims.

"I believe in North Korea", Rodman said.

But there were worries, especially in Tokyo and Seoul, which both have huge USA military presences, about Trump agreeing to halt US military exercises with South Korea, which the North has long claimed were invasion preparations. Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Seoul, said that there is not much sign in the declaration from Kim "that he is willing to give up much, if not anything".

Ultimately, that may end up being the only option that the U.S. has short of war. "Many people in the world will think of this as a scene from a fantasy...science fiction movie", Kim Jong-un was heard telling Donald Trump.

Washington has described the drills as defensive in nature, but Pyongyang says they are a rehearsal for invasion and has long called for them to end.

There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

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