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Trump says Kim 'trusts me, and I trust him'

13 June 2018

University of Otago's Professor Robert Patman says North Korea's pledge to denuclearise is "open-ended" time wise.

KCNA also asserted 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". There are still few details about Trump's decision to suspend United States "war games" in South Korea, which could fuel discussion about a weakening of the alliance.

But the best-case scenario is that Trump may have forced a rethinking of basic goals and strategies on North Korea that have gone unchallenged despite decades of failure.

Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing. For the USA, its 30,000 or so troops in South Korea represent a foothold on the Asian mainland and a major check on China's growing global ambitions.

Without drills, the U.S. forces in South Korea will wither, and if peace talks continue, the very rationale for them will erode as well.

The president's suspension of the exercises came as U.S. Forces-Korea, led by Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, is preparing for the annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises later this summer with the South Koreans. Trump appears to have resolved the immediate threat of war and cast himself as a peacemaker.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterised by bloodshed and threats. Bloomberg hosted a live chat about the Trump-Kim summit on the LINE messaging app, where people tuned in to have their questions answers by editors.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to encourage Americans to "sleep well tonight" upon landing in Washington, D.C., early Wednesday morning after the landmark summit in Singapore between the United States and North Korea.

Trump's rush to claim credit for the supposed disappearance of the North Korean nuclear threat may also give nations like China and Russian Federation an incentive to ease stringent implementation of the "maximum pressure" sanctions that helped bring Pyongyang to the table.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said it is ready to verify a deal, although it focuses on monitoring nuclear materials and sites rather than disarmament.

Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation of the North.

The US has long resisted calls from North Korea and China for dual suspension, saying that the bilateral, planned, and transparent military drills are legal while North Korea's nuclear program is not. Trump and Kim referred back to the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, which contained a weak commitment to denuclearization but no specifics on how to achieve it.

While Trump and Kim concluded their summit in Singapore by signing a joint statement that promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it did not specify what that process would entail.

The US has been a major ally of Seoul since the Korean War in the 1950s, and is seen by many nations as the ultimate guarantor of security in the region.

There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

But others said it's a great step forward for peace.

"I suppose we could argue semantics, but let me assure you it's in the document", Pompeo told reporters.

"We would like to seek an understanding of this between Japan, the USA and South Korea", he said, Reuters reported.

But there has been scepticism from both Democrats and Republicans about the lack of detail and surprise announcement about an end to joint drills with South Korea. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

"I have no idea" whether Trump secured anything of substance, said Corker, the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Trump says Kim 'trusts me, and I trust him'