Trump fires off boasts about North Korea as its people react

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

Annual military drills between the US and South Korea have been a major source of tension on the Korean Peninsula.

US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during the US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. The source said that, if anything, it's something that came from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been very vocal about it and has had direct conversations with Trump about the matter.

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea."
President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem.

A USA official told CNN earlier the document would acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going.

"It was a game-time decision", the source says.

KCNA also asserted Mr Trump had "expressed his intention" to lift sanctions against the North - something the USA president had told a blockbuster press conference would happen "when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".

New Delhi has held that it wouldn't either prune or close its mission in North Korea, resisting U.S. pressure to slash its diplomatic presence in Pyongyang. "The only possible path is one of direct dialogue". "At some point, I hope it would be", he said. It is unclear how or exactly when it was communicated.

When asked Wednesday whether Trump was jumping the gun by declaring victory, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters: "This president wants North Korea to completely denuclearize so obviously that has to be complete, verifiable and irreversible".

Defense Secretary James Mattis, along with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, and top commanders are trying to fashion detailed directives to the military on what exact exercises and drills will be suspended, several USA officials told CNN. A major challenge, according to these officials, is to turn Trump's broad intentions into detailed military guidance.

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'I believe he's going to live up to that document, ' Trump said after a day that included almost 5 hours of face time with Kim.

Since taking office in May past year, Moon, a son of North Korean refugees, has sought to take the lead in diplomatic efforts to end the North Korean nuclear standoff, which had been dominated by world powers including the US and China.

"I'm not going to talk to internal processes and discussions that were had", he said.

Senior officials paid "enthusiastic and passionate" greetings in a ceremony.

He disagreed, however, with Trump's characterization that the exercises are "provocative". "Maybe in a year you'll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake". "He was unambiguous about that". But he added that "regular readiness training" would continue.

It's an appalling reality, but that's the world we live in so I suppose we need to show gratitude when two leaders are willing to agree not to annihilate each other's populations #ThankyouforNotNukingUs.

Tokyo has expressed some concern about the cancellation of military exercises.

The move, long requested by Pyongyang, has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and has left one former South Korean military leader "speechless".

Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have all participated in the drill in the past. "You know, we know when we have chemistry, you know it as well as anybody, and you understand what I mean".

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