The United States and its Asian allies worked Thursday to paper over any semblance of disagreement over U.S. President Donald Trump's concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump's top diplomat insisting the president hadn't backed down from his firm line on North Korea's nukes. Trump showed off his new tattoo. -South Korean military exercises.
Frank Aum, a senior expert on North Korea at the U.S. Institute of Peace, told NPR that "Pompeo is correct that a significant portion of the denuclearization process could technically occur in two-and-a-half years", including the freezing of all nuclear and missile activities and the shutting down of known nuclear facilities.
The purchases are being finalized as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that the US can achieve the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in just two and a half years.
To China, the agreement sounded like one they had been pushing all along, a "suspension for suspension", where the United States stops military drills with South Korea in exchange for North Korea halting missile and nuclear tests.
Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.
"The North Korean people have suffered so much for so long and for them to see the president praise Kim Jong-un as a terrific guy and then even go further and say the North Korean people love Kim Jong-un".
"I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides. But it "all depends on whether North Korea is serious about denuclearization".
Also on Thursday, North and South Korea held their first military talks in more than a decade.
Pompeo had told reporters on Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear disarmament could take two years to complete.
While Trump was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for too little, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the USA president.
"The meeting on Monday in Singapore with respect to North Korea - that holds important potential for the peace and security of the world", Goodale told FOX Business' Stuart Varney Wednesday on "Varney & Co". "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem".
The Trump administration is set to cancel the next joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula scheduled for August, a report said on Wednesday. He said that Trump "made it very clear" that the suspension would only last while "good faith negotiations" continued.
A government source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Japanese officials planned to discuss the summit meeting with North Korean officials at an worldwide conference on Northeast Asian security to be held on Thursday and Friday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
With the test of an intercontinental ballistic missile with the range to strike anywhere in the United States, "the state nuclear force" was complete, she gushed. "But the issues of the alliance should be dealt with under the premise we maintain joint ironclad defense posture".
Illustrative: US Army M1-A2 tanks fire during US-South Korea joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 26, 2017.
The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills. The exercises are meant to ensure that South Korean and US troops are ready to respond to sudden North Korean aggression. -South Korean war games, without getting much in return.
"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea". The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.
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