Trump Kim summit: USA president lauds deal despite scepticism


Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the US stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior. Their seemingly friendly meeting was in sharp contrast to their tit-for-tat insults and bellicose rhetoric late a year ago while Pyongyang carried out its biggest nuclear and missile tests.

Pompeo, who flew to Seoul to brief South Korean leaders, said the brief, four-point joint statement that emerged from the summit did not encapsulate all the progress the US and North Korea had made.

"There are always concerns about President Trump and he's very erratic", Wit said. No details of what those steps would be were given.

Trump is also wrong to say there was an assumption before he took office that the United States would go to war.

Pompeo, who made two trips to Pyongyang, pre-summit and who was a key architect of the North Korea-US summit, appeared keen to defend the declaration signed by the two parties.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade global inspections.

After Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk down a colonnade to shake hands, the pair walk together into a room with various members of Kim's delegation, the video shows.

President Trump described his meeting with Kim as a resounding success and in a tweet said, "There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

Despite no timeline in the agreement, Trump said at a news conference, "We're starting that process very quickly", and expressed confidence Kim's government would start the process right away.

Trump quickly took North Korea's side on bilateral military issues involving South Korea.

Pompeo's comments Thursday come amid uncertainty over what the US and North Korea's joint commitment "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" means in practice, and doubts over Trump's tweet that after the June 12 summit "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". All of us owe a great deal and should show some gratitude towards Moon Jae-in because he was elected by the people of the candlelight revolution in South Korea who deposed Park Geun-hye the previous president.

"We are prepared to start a new history, and we are prepared to write a new chapter between our nations", Trump said.

USA officials said it was unclear what types of training involving United States and South Korean troops might cross into Trump's now forbidden zone of "war games". Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Kim on Tuesday, a concession long sought by Pyongyang.

The U.S. leader stressed that existing U.S. sanctions will remain in place until North Korean nuclear weapons "are no longer a factor".

In an interview that was taped aboard Air Force One while Trump was flying back to the United States from Singapore, he was pressed by Fox News's Bret Baier on Kim's human rights record.

"Yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things", he said. And about eight of their representatives were watching it, and I thought they were fascinated.

"Otto did not die in vain".

Pompeo insisted Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would "be a process, not an easy one".

The US president said he had, and did not retract his description of Mr Kim as "talented". "The world will see a major change".

Trump has also been slow to condemn other authoritarian leaders, including President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.

They first met Tuesday for about 40 minutes alone, except for their translators, before bringing in delegations from their respective sides for a working lunch.