Trump Claims North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Over, Defends Kim Summit

Seoul/WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - US President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that North ...

Alliance News 13 June, 2018 | 5:34PM
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Seoul/WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - US President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that North Korea was 'no longer a nuclear threat," a day after his summit meeting with the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

In a series of tweets, Trump defended the meeting after critics said he had received no concrete guarantees on how and when North Korea would scrap its nuclear programme, and yet had agreed to halt military exercises with the North's rival, South Korea.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office," Trump wrote after returning from the summit. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea."

Hours later, Trump responded to the "fake news" outlets who were "fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea," claiming that they would have "begged' for it 500 days ago when war looked more likely.  

Earlier on Wednesday, South Korea hinted that it may consider suspending its twice-yearly military drills with the US in the wake of the surprise announcement by Trump that he was cancelling the war games.

Trump called the drills "provocative" and expensive after his one-on-one denuclearization talks with Kim on Tuesday.

"We believe there is a need to consider various ways to further promote dialogue as long as serious discussions are being held between the US and North Korea for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishment of peace," a South Korean presidential spokesman told reporters.

"For now, there still is a need to find out the exact meaning and intention of President Trump's remarks," spokesman Kim Eui Kyeom said.

The US command in South Korea, USFK, said in a statement on Tuesday that it had received "no updated guidance" on the regular military exercises in the region.

The US Defense Department was forced to reassure allies in the region that US alliances "remain ironclad."

South Korean President Moon Jae In has called a meeting of his National Security Council on Thursday in order to discuss the results of the Trump-Kim summit.

North and South Korea remain technically at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended without a peace treaty. This year has seen a dramatic rapprochement between the former archenemies.

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