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

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In North Korea, the state media has praised the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, while downplaying the agreement to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

Trump and Kim met in Singapore on Tuesday - an unprecedented encounter that saw the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shake hands with the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags. On Wednesday morning, The Associated Press, citing nothing more than Trump's tweets, posted a story headlined "Trump tweets NKorea no longer nuclear threat".

Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for anywhere between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs. For the United States, its 30,000 or so troops in South Korea represent a foothold on the Asian mainland and a major check on China's growing global ambitions.

Critics in the United States said the joint statement by the two leaders was short on detail and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim, whose country is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and weapons programs and is widely condemned for human rights abuses.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued in a second post.

At times, the video speaks to Kim directly, suggesting he could make a choice that would open North Korea up to new investment and step into a starring role in a moment in history with Trump. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

In the USA, supporters of President Trump welcomed the outcomes of the summit as a historic breakthrough. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency.

On Monday, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that there had been no discussions on future withdrawals of USA troops from Korea. "That will take a while".

On the huge domestic issue of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea decades ago, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed that Trump had apparently brought it up with Kim, but there was no tangible progress.

Trump's tweets pointed to one of the chief gains at the summit from the U.S. point of view - that its scheduling and the establishing of a relationship between the President and Kim have eased fears that the two sides are on a slide toward a disastrous war.

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and US forces in Korea off guard.

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"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the USA", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon.

"I think we should give more encouragement to the process", Yu said.

The U.S. still maintains around 28,500 soldiers in South Korea. Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.

In a separate question, the BBC interviewer noted that Mr Kim is notoriously paranoid about his safety and asked what Singapore had to do to reassure him.

For weeks, Pompeo and other officials have insisted North Korea must agree to "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" before economic sanctions can be lifted.

In remarks to reporters in South Korea reported by Bloomberg News, Pompeo said that the usa wants quick progress on North Korea's pledge to dismantle its controversial nuclear program. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.

There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

"I suppose we could argue semantics, but let me assure you it's in the document", Pompeo told reporters.

In Japan, the prospect of cancelled U.S.

In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System firing an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile during a U.S. But the North has long sought an end to the U.S. military presence in the South, where Washington has around 28,000 troops stationed to protect it from its neighbour.

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