Tuesday, 18 September, 2018


Pompeo: U.S. aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years

Bennie Garza | 14 June, 2018, 07:10

Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the US stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior.

"This is an opportunity to hold their feet to the fire and see if they, North Korea, is serious about this".

Jimmy Kimmel opened his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" monologue on Tuesday night by laying into President Trump over his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. War games, on the other hand, are larger exercises that take place twice a year and involve thousands of US and South Korean troops at a time. "There's a lot of work left to do".

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade worldwide inspections.

Trump agreed to end joint U.S.

Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit.

A Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, told VOA "the [North Korean] nuclear threat will not be over until they have dismantled their entire nuclear establishment and removed both their enrichment capacity and their weapons".

"We had pretty much finished, and I said, 'Would you do me a favor?" I want to bring our soldiers back home.

He said Kim affirmed an "unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in a signed document.

The lack of details contributed to an air of skepticism in Washington about what Trump accomplished.

One showed a smiling Kim shaking hands with Mr Trump's hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against the North, which in turn has referred to him as "human scum". "A lot of pundits think it was a mistake to meet with an unstable dictator, but Kim Jong Un said, 'You know what?"

But Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, where the leader of the world's most powerful democracy shook hands with the third generation of a dynastic dictatorship, standing as equals in front of their nations' flags.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump said in another tweet.

Pompeo said Wednesday that Trump "made it very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing".

The president added he'd love for the exercises to stop because they are expensive.

On Wednesday, North Korean state media said Trump had also agreed to the North's desire for a step-by-step disarmament process with corresponding USA concessions at each step, rather than immediate disarmament as the US had initially sought. "And, I'll be honest, we are being taken advantage of by virtually very one of those countries". The military exercises, which often involve USA military ships and planes, have always been a point of contention with the Koreans.

In the summit statement, Kim pledged to "work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding U.S. demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

"I am willing to do a lot of things to get [Kim] to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program".

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