Donald Trump: 'Sleep well tonight' after North Korea summit

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump says he has now agreed with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to cancel them.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi described the Singapore summit as an "equal dialogue" between the two sides, adding that "no-one will doubt the unique and important role played by China: a role which will continue".

"We fully understand the peace talks were about denuclearization - we wanted this to be part of that as well", he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump wrote online that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the USA after his meeting this week in Singapore with Kim, adding that Americans should "sleep well tonight". The president would not elaborate on these hazy measures of time. The likelihood of Trump launching a first strike against North Korea, thus setting South Korea, where more than 100,000 Americans live and/or work, ablaze and risking a strike against population centers in the US, was similarly low.

The country was as surprised as anyone by President Donald Trump's sudden announcement in Singapore that the United States would be "stopping the war games" - the joint military exercises it regularly carries out with South Korea.

"It's going to be a long journey and there's a lot of work to be done yet, this is just the beginning of negotiation that could encompass a lot of very complex and hard issues between United States and North Korea that will include numerous major powers in that part of the world", said Dr Peter Brooks, Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he got little and gave away much in his push to make a deal with the young autocrat - including an agreement to halt U.S. military exercises with South Korea.

Trump, seemingly unprompted, has long wanted to withdraw the US from South Korea, and now he may have found a reason. "We paid for a big majority of them".

Pyongyang has celebrated the summit as a great win for the country. "The V matters", he told reporters.

There have been inconsistencies in remarks from other top US officials on whether sanctions will only come after complete denuclearization, or may be eased along the way.

Pompeo, after landing in South Korea, met for almost an hour with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea. Fears of conflict were particularly acute after Trump called Kim "Rocket Man" and Kim pledged to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire". -South Korea military exercises could be put back on if talks with Pyongyang do not progress.

Dismantling North Korea's nuclear program will be a lengthy process, said Catherine Dill, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Mr Trump declared he and Mr Kim had developed "a very special bond".

Limbaugh said in the lead-up to the summit, there were recurring themes coming from the media: "Trump's incompetent, Trump's gonna get snookered, Trump is risky, Trump doesn't know what he's doing, this could be the worst disaster in American history".

Trump's chest-thumping tweets seemed reminiscent of the "Mission Accomplished" banner flown behind President George W. Bush in 2003 when he spoke aboard a Navy ship following the USA invasion of Iraq.

It appears even Trump was unclear on whether there was any record of his 40-minute talk with Kim. During his press conference in Singapore, he turned to Pompeo when asked if there was a transcript.

Moon, acting as a mediator, worked for months to help bring about the Trump-Kim summit, Reuters reported. It is interesting stuff. "Well I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here. They have actually detailed notes I imagine".

Tokyo also, however, cautioned that despite Pyongyang's pledge for denuclearisation no concrete steps had been taken and that Japan would not let down its guard. Any notes will be turned into a Memorandum of Conversation, possibly just a summary of the conversation, and provided to the National Archives. As China embraces capitalism and uses strong-arm tactics to become a technological power while modernizing the world's biggest armed forces, it falls on the U.S. to reassure its allies in Asia and around the world that worldwide order will stand up to Chinese hegemony. So I don't have to. "Okay? Okay?" he said.

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