Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong Un to Russia in September

15 June, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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During Tuesday's unprecedented summit between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the US president was introduced to various members of Mr. Kim's delegation.

However Mr Pompeo, who flew to Seoul to brief South Korean leaders on the summit, said the North Korean leader understands that "there will be in-depth verification" of nuclear commitments in any deal with the US. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem".

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.

Tokyo has reacted with concern at Trump's surprise announcement that military exercises with South Korea are to be halted, saying that such drills are "vital" for East Asian security. "We can schedule this meeting regardless of worldwide events between our foreign ministries", he said. That kind of thing is very threatening to North Korea.

China's foreign ministry has said that the results of the DPRK-US summit are a "correct and important step" to achieve denuclearization, but cautioned the issues concerning the Korean Peninsula are both unique and complex.

But behind closed doors, Pompeo faces tougher questions from American allies about some of Trump's public declarations, he said.

Pomepo said regional powers remained "committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea". Conservatives said the move displayed weakness from the US on the world stage.


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

On Wednesday the Kremlin said the recent summit had showed that Putin had been right to support direct dialogue to reduce tensions with North Korea.

"North Korea still has all its nuclear missiles, and we only got a vague promise of future denuclearization from a regime that can't be trusted", said Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

He said the United States would like "major" North Korean nuclear disarmament by the end of 2020, and that Pyongyang understood there would be "in-depth verification" of the process.

The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has reduced the risk of a large military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, according to Putin.

The president is correct that there are families still calling for the remains of their relatives who fought and died in the Korean War to be returned to the US.

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