Trump says North Korea still 'extraordinary threat'

Donald Trump and Moon Jae In at a joint press conference last November. Republic of Korea  Flickr

Donald Trump and Moon Jae In at a joint press conference last November. Republic of Korea Flickr

President Trump has also promised to cease joint military exercises between US troops and South Korea, which the North has long regarded as a provocation.

A propaganda poster blaming United States and hostile countries' sanction is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 17, 2017.

President Trump has issued an executive order extending the state of national emergency against North Korea for another year.

President Donald Trump cited an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to US national security as he acted Friday to maintain long-standing economic restrictions on North Korea, including the freezing of any assets in the United States.

This of course stands in start contrast to Trump's recent statements on North Korea, in which he declared the nuclear threat from North Korea to be over.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju walk upon arriving in Beijing, China, in this undated photo released June 20, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

ANTI-US propaganda that was prevalent around North Korea just a matter of weeks ago is starting to disappear, according to tour guides and people inside the reclusive nation.

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Officials had announced on Monday that planning for Freedom Guard had been suspended in line with Trump's decision to halt what he called United States "war games" in South Korea.

"They've stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles". "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem". They're blowing it up.

Trump's decision to cancel joint U.S.

Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and USA president Donald Trump. "Saying the North Korea problem is solved doesn't make it so". It is separate from USA sanctions related to North Korean human rights abuses and a long list of worldwide penalties imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile testing.

Trump extended the sanctions, which were originally imposed in 2008, on June 23, only days after writing on Twitter that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

"To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement.

But the regional mood has turned towards diplomacy since the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year, which set off a series of diplomatic moves culminating in the Trump-Kim meet.

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