How anti-Trump hysteria helps the president on North Korea

  • How anti-Trump hysteria helps the president on North Korea

How anti-Trump hysteria helps the president on North Korea

Even as Pompeo staunchly defended the summit results, he was less exuberant than Trump, who tweeted on his return to the USA on Monday morning: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

Trump said the USA will be monitoring the situation in North Korea to be sure that Kim is committed to dismantling his country's nuclear program. US defense analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the U.S.

Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very unsafe problem for the world".

FILE PHOTO: People watch from a shopping mall food court in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown as Singapore hosted a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2018. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

South Korea lives under constant threat of an attack by North Korea, and the country's leadership has promoted the idea of diplomatic negotiations as a result.

Trump's Tuesday meeting with Kim produced a wave of USA concessions in exchange for vague, nonbinding promises from North Korea, but it did make nuclear war all but inconceivable at the present moment.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a clearer statement on the eve of the summit, saying sanctions would remain in place until Pyongyang delivered "CVID" - meaning complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.

China has repeatedly called for a "freeze-for-freeze" or "dual suspension" initiative, in North Korea suspends its nuclear program in exchange for the US and South Korea to suspend their joint military exercises in the region.

It says the sides "commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity".

In the USA, supporters of President Trump welcomed the outcomes of the summit as a historic breakthrough.

"This guy wants to be around the world", Rodman said of Kim.

The US stations 28,500 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbour, which invaded in 1950 to try to reunify the peninsula by force.

The summit's joint declaration said that Pompeo and North Korean officials would hold further talks "at the earliest possible date".

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

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and USA forces in Korea off guard. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Seth Meyers gave the "Closer Look" treatment to the monumental meeting, paying particular attention to Trump and Kim's ill-fitting suits.

U.S. presidents have made grudging deals with North Korea before, but none of them have ever showered the repressive country's tyrannical leaders with that sort of fulsome PR. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Trump also said that he would be willing to invite Kim to visit the White House following this first meeting.