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Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

15 June 2018

When asked why the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" weren't included in the statement - words that form part of a State Department policy of "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, before lifting sanctions on North Korea - Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous".

US President Donald Trump this week agreed to halt joint US-South Korean military exercises after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, drills Japan's defence minister said were "vital" for East Asian security.

Following the summit, Trump said the U.S. would halt its "provocative" joint military drills with South Korea as long as negotiations are ongoing with the North, an announcement that caught Seoul by surprise.

"Each of those three countries has also acknowledged that it's important that the sanctions regime that is in place today remain in place until such time as that denuclearization is, in fact, complete", Pompeo told reporters Thursday in Beijing following talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The summit statement provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons programme or how the dismantling might be verified.

"The summit created this enormous historic opportunity for us to move forward and will fundamentally really shape the relationship between the United States and North Korea", he said. -North Korea relations and to recover the remains of prisoners of war and military members missing in action.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

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

Earlier on Monday, the group had unfurled banners near the Capella Singapore hotel in Sentosa, where the summit between United States President Donald Trump and Mr Kim was held on Tuesday.

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Pompeo also said he anticipates the USA would next speak to North Korean officials "fairly quickly after we return to our home countries", adding that he was "very confident" that some form of engagement between the two sides would take place in the next week.

The meeting was the first time a sitting U.S. president has met North Korea's leader.

The summit, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, was in stark contrast to a flurry of North Korean nuclear and missile tests and angry exchanges of insults between Mr Trump and Mr Kim a year ago that fuelled worries about war.

Pompeo's comments came after North Korean state media reported Wednesday that Trump had not only offered to stop military exercises during dialogue, but also lift sanctions imposed on Pyongyang. Trump quickly took North Korea's side on bilateral military issues involving South Korea. "They are very scared about that", he said.

"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview in Singapore after the summit.

"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.

Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat