Donald Trump Tweets: North Korea No Longer A Nuclear Threat

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang North Korea

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Japan is ready to help shoulder some of the initial costs of North Korea's denuclearisation - but only after the IAEA restarts inspections, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.

It appears even Trump was unclear on whether there was any record of his 40-minute talk with Kim.

As part of the inter-Korean thaw, the Games were attended by North Korea and there was concern the military exercise could jeopardise the rapprochement.

Talks are to be led on the US side by Pompeo and, according to the agreement, a "relevant, high-level" North Korean official. "I think he trusts me, and I trust him".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening.

North Korea has resisted talks over the years because they disagreed with the U.S.'s preconditions - mainly, a clear commitment to an inspection-and-verification regime. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart.

Even as Washington agreed to suspend joint US and South Korean military exercises as the country pursues peace with North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Seoul is modernizing its military and purchasing new missiles and fighter aircraft.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterised by bloodshed and threats.

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Mr Trump said before he took office, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", and president Barack Obama said North Korea was the nation's biggest problem.

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The White House said preparatory negotiations had "moved more quickly than expected" and Donald Trump would leave on Tuesday evening after his talks with Kim Jong-un, ruling out the possibility the unprecedented tete-a-tete would run to two days. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" On Wednesday morning, The Associated Press, citing nothing more than Trump's tweets, posted a story headlined "Trump tweets NKorea no longer nuclear threat".

North Korea has allowed Interational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors into its declared nuclear complex in Yongbyon before, according to Robert Einhorn, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative.

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.

"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and a half years".

The leaders also invited each other to their respective countries and both leaders "gladly accepted", KCNA reported.

Kim said "to achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realize its denuclearization", North Korea and the USA "should commit themselves to refraining from antagonizing with each other", according to North Korean media. He called the exercises expensive, "very provocative" and "inappropriate".

Kim said that the "world will see a major change" and he and Trump "decided to leave the past behind" as they put pen to paper.

Ultimately, that may end up being the only option that the United States has short of war. "The V matters", he told reporters.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", he said, Reuters reported.

In August 2017, Pyongyang threatened missile strikes on Guam, the only U.S. territory easily in reach of North Korean missiles.

Japan's defence chief said on Wednesday that the United States military presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for East Asian security.

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