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Is anything out of reach after historic summit with North Korea?

14 June 2018

"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview in Singapore after the summit.

While Mr Trump has confirmed Mr Kim has agreed to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it was only briefly referenced twice in the article.

And now here we are, talking seriously about not-nuking each other.

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations. Now, we're going to see. "Now look, with all of that being said, the answer is yes" - referring to Baier's query about Kim having done awful things. North Korea is a real and present threat. "I'm for the United States".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning declared an end to the North Korean nuclear threat. Absolutely. you used the term major, major disarmament, something like that?

And Trump told ABC News the USA would soon end or scale back longstanding joint military exercises with South Korea, and agreed that they were "provocative" toward the North.

And in spite of Mr Trump's announcement, Onodera said that Japan would continue its military exercises with the USA and will continue to improve defences against any possible North Korean strike. -South Korean drills could also erode the effectiveness of the military alliance between Washington and Seoul.

Trump's own chest-thumping tweet seemed reminiscent of the "Mission Accomplished" banner flown behind President George W. Bush in 2003 when he spoke aboard a Navy ship following the US invasion of Iraq. Trump is also wrong to say there was an assumption before he took office that the United States would go to war.

To some commentators, Trump's choice of language was a major problem.

But while Trump also voiced a desire to eventually bring back USA troops, he told Baier that the U.S.

Actually, concerns about North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons reached a peak last year, during Trump's first year in office, as the North conducted more tests and Trump and Kim aimed ever more fiery rhetoric at each other. But he kept trying to reach out to North Korea, and eventually found a role as a mediator after Kim offered in January to send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics.

The five-hour summit did give Trump and Kim a chance to express optimism and make of show of their new relationship.

"It's important that we don't lose sight of the fact that Kim Jong Un is a butcher and he is a butcher of his own people", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said Tuesday.

Experts now expect a temporary peace to continue since North Korea has probably won what it wanted from Tuesday's summit and Trump is unlikely to back down from summit deals that he wants to portray as a diplomatic triumph.

When asked why the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" weren't included in the statement - words that form part of a State Department policy of "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, before lifting sanctions on North Korea - Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous". "He's an incredible guy", Trump said. Trump will likely benefit politically from that sense of relief.

A source familiar with the matter pushed back on the idea that Trump got the idea to halt joint exercises from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

FILE PHOTO: The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016.

Is anything out of reach after historic summit with North Korea?