Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on Monday

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore on Monday

The president says the country's "biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!"

As Seoul sought clarification on the U.S. position towards its long-standing ally, USA secretary of State Mike Pompeo was travelling to South Korea to brief President Moon. Trump's claim is dubious considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

The president's suspension of the exercises came as U.S. Forces-Korea, led by Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, is preparing for the annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises later this summer with the South Koreans. -South Korea military exercises would make "some degree of sense" if North Korea had requested it and the USA had agreed to do so as a signal of good faith, but noted that the concessions Washington received from Pyongyang at the summit were "almost non-existent".

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.

North Korean state news agency KCNA has celebrated the promise, reporting that Mr Kim demanded the urgent cessation of "irritating and hostile military actions" during the summit.

Wang said in a statement earlier that China welcomed and supported the summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders and hoped the two countries could reach a basic consensus on achieving denuclearisation. "Shared objectives to denuclearize and an agreement to continue the negotiations". "I'd like to see peace with America and Korea".

Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews early Wednesday morning, completing the president's marathon trip to Asia for talks with the North Korean leader.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", Japan's defence minister, Itsunori Onodera, said.

He lionised Mr Trump for achieving "a feat that no one else has ever delivered", adding Mr Kim would also be remembered as "a leader who made a historic moment by taking the first bold step toward the world".

The US President also said that sanctions will remain in place until Pyangyong halts and dismantles its nuclear programme.

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Peskov tells reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that the meeting helps de-escalate tensions and push the situation away "from the critical point where it was just a few months ago".

Yet as Kim prepares to finally meet Trump in Singapore on Tuesday, some analysts say Beijing appears to be getting a sudden case of the jitters. "A verification process is the only way to confirm North Korea's willingness for denuclearization, so this issue will be raised again".

"It will lead other dictators to think that however small a country they might run, they only need to focus on quickly building a nuclear weapons arsenal so that they can be an equal to the US", he said.

After meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump praised the role of China, Pyongyang's main diplomatic and economic backer, in securing the first summit between North Korea and a serving US head of state.

"Christians, yes", said Trump.

Mr Trump's announcement, made in a press conference at the end of the historic summit with Mr Kim, could overturn longstanding U.S. policy and was described by experts as an "astonishing" concession.

"I share president Trump's assessment of that when he thanked the leaders of Japan and South Korea and China for the solidarity they've shown". Trump phoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in after leaving Singapore to brief him on the discussions.

Trump however seems to have caught allies off guard by saying he would stop U.S.

"Max Thunder" is an annual "war game" involving dozens of US and South Korean fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft.

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