Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

South Korean President Moon Jae-in looks at a TV broadcasting a news report on summit between the U.S. and North Korea during a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that further USA talks with North Korea on how and when it will end its nuclear program will resume "sometime in the next week".

But it was just days ago that trade tensions between the United States and its second-largest trading partner escalated following the G-7 meeting after Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a public spat.

Of the world's eight known nuclear powers beyond North Korea, three - India, Pakistan and Israel - emerged outside a formal worldwide arms control framework. After all, if there is no threat, why would the North Koreans need to give up their arsenal? -North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

On the eve of the summit, Pompeo emphasized that sanctions would remain until North Korea delivered "CVID", and acronym for complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.

"A lot has been made of the fact that the word "verifiable" didn't appear in the agreement", Pompeo said.

He said Kim affirmed an "unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in a signed document. "And, I'll be honest, we are being taken advantage of by virtually very one of those countries".

Trump also said in a separate tweet that North Korea is "no longer" the US' "biggest and most risky problem", telling Americans and the rest of the world they can "sleep well tonight!" The exercises are meant to ensure that South Korean and US troops are ready to respond to sudden North Korean aggression.

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations. Tehran's government is still weighing whether it will stick by the accord or leave and potentially renounce the nuclear non-proliferation treaty - the accord North Korea ditched in 2003 before detonating its first bomb three years later.

"Apparently, Washington and Pyongyang are moving exactly in this direction", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

Now, when questioned about the human rights abuses in North Korea, the President has defended "tough guy" Kim.

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As an "important party", China offered to assist North Korea and the United States in further talks and in implementing decisions made at the summit.

Trump pledged to work on the issue, but the Singapore agreement included no language on the return of abductees.

However, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said the world, through the summit, had escaped the threat of war, echoing Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim.

Pompeo also has to sort out exactly what the agreement entails.

Several observers in the U.S. have expressed concerns that the summit will legitimize the odious Kim regime - the world's foremost pariah state, responsible for the operation of unconscionable gulags, currency counterfeiting, cyber theft, and even the manufacture of methamphetamines.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the two leaders "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

And now Kim has his front-page splash on Rodong Sinmun, showing him sitting and standing right beside Trump, the president of the United States, as the leader of a fellow nuclear weapons state. The appearance of compliance will weaken the sanctions regime further.

"No, I think China would really like to see no nuclear weapons, you want to know the truth, because look, whether you're semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you're that close, that can't be a positive feeling", Trump said.

Pompeo, who is scheduled to travel to Beijing Thursday, said he isn't sure when the next conversation with North Korea will next take place but that it could happen "fairly quickly" - as soon as the coming week.

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