U.S. aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years: Pompeo


Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.

President Donald Trump has put his personal legacy on the line in meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - and if history is any indication, any perceived slight from Pyongyang could cause a meltdown in the countries' relations.

Trump later told a news conference he would end joint U.S.

In a post-summit interview with ABC News, the president said he was confident that the agreement meant full denuclearisation. "For example you could probably have them give up their nuclear weapons, or you could find and verify and maybe disable key sites. but it's not possible to dismantle or disable all their nuclear infrastructure or to redirect scientists who work on nuclear weapons to civilian jobs".

"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two and half years", Pompeo said.

The president said he trusted the North Korean leader to live up to his word in terms of the "comprehensive" agreement the two signed at this week's summit in Singapore.

However this stock phrase, favored by Pyongyang, stopped short of longstanding USA demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea. "North Korea has great potential for the future!", he wrote.

The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration has insisted that it wants North Korea to commit to the "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

By referencing the "conflicting views", Moon appeared to be referring to Trump's unexpected promise to halt joint military exercises with South Korea, which the United States president called a "provocation" to the North.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump tweeted as he arrived back in Washington.

'There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

President Donald Trump is defending North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, despite worldwide criticism of the country's human rights offenses.

"He (Trump) made it very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was for productive, good faith negotiations being ongoing", Pompeo told reporters.

Japan has reacted to Trump's plan to cancel military exercises with South Korea with concern, saying the drills are vital for East Asian security.

Kim takes similar precautions during his travels inside North Korea to inspect military bases and state-run factories, according to South Korea news agency DailyNK. Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim with one possibility including the premier's visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported. -North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. "Trump is delivering what liberals have been promising and claiming is their expertise, and I think it disturbs and destroys their soul".

"The issue of South Korea-U.S. joint exercises is one that should be discussed", Kang said.

Mr Trump's surprise promise to call off military exercises, describing them as expensive and "provocative", delighted North Korea and China but caught key United States allies off-guard. But simultaneously, Seoul is aiming to prepare its defenses in case the USA decides to halt joint military exercises indefinitely or pull out the around 28,000 troops it has stationed inside South Korea's borders. -South Korean military alliance remains strong, and they will continue to closely consult on all joint security decisions.

Speaking in a wood-paneled office aboard Air Force One, Baier put it to the USA president that Kim was "a killer". That is not going to happen.


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