North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

President Trump declared Wednesday that there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea" as he returned to Washington, offering a rosy assessment of a summit with the leader of a nation that still possesses nuclear weapons.

"In terms of the key issue.it may appear that the result failed to meet expectations", Hankook said in an editorial.

"At this time, everyone had seen that North Korea has halted missile and nuclear tests, and the United States and South Korea have to an extent restricted their military actions".

"It is a blank cheque for Pyongyang, a free pass to carry on as (North Korea leader Kim Jong Un) pleases, as his regime has for decades", he said.

Trump: "Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirms his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

"For North Korea, they got exactly what they wanted", said Moon Seong-mook, a former South Korean military official current head of the Unification Strategy Centre in Seoul.

"I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said.

The first-ever talks between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader will take place in the Capella Hotel located on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

"We hope that the outcomes of the US-DPRK Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula", said the External Affairs Ministry.

Adam Schiff, a top US Democrat and staunch Trump critic, warned the standoff was far from resolved.

"I think now is the time to regroup ourselves and be a little bit more realistic about North Korea's intention to denuclearize".

Before he ran for president in the 2016 election, Trump was a businessman with a long career in entertainment, presenting "The Apprentice" reality TV show for several years. "So is a dangerously naive president", he wrote on Twitter. Both Trump and Kin Jong Un have already arrived in Singapore.

"The U.S. -South Korea joint exercises and U.S. forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday.

On Wednesday the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said the suspension of war games - a surprise concession offered by the USA president on Tuesday night that caught South Korea by surprise - was not in the official declaration but "the president spoke about it in answer to a question at a press conference".

In Pyongyang, commuters gathered around a news stand at a subway station where the front page had been posted.

Peskov says the meeting confirms Russian President Vladimir Putin's view that "there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means in solving the problem of the Korean Peninsula".

The Singapore summit was a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved worldwide legitimacy, and whose autocratic leader stands accused of murdering opponents and members of his own family.

President Donald Trump is thanking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people", saying their summit Tuesday "proves that real change is possible!"

While no guarantees were produced at the summit over how or when Pyongyang would disarm, U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned that the USA would resume military exercises with South Korea if the North stops negotiating in good faith.

  • Jon Douglas