Donald Trump says North Korea 'no longer' a nuclear threat

Wendy Jensen
June 13, 2018

According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said it was "urgent" for North Korea and the United States to halt "irritating and hostile military actions against each other" during the talks on Tuesday. "Our unprecedented meeting - the first between an American President and a leader of North Korea - proves that real change is possible!"

Rather than a game-changer, this was more of a breakthrough in how the US and North Korea talk to each other.

A copy of the newspaper on display on the Pyongyang underground. "One can only chuckle at Trump's statement that now he will seek a meaningful agreement with Iran, because if a meaningful agreement means accords of the type reached at the festival organized by the two leaders in Singapore, Khamenei needn't worry".

But, on Tuesday, while all other worldwide networks went live with Kim and Trump's first handshake and opening remarks at their meeting, the official Korean Central Television remained blank, choosing not to break with its usual broadcast schedule that usually begins five hours later.

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

News of the decision to halt the drills stoked concern in Japan, with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera calling joint exercises and the USA military presence in South Korea "vital" to East Asian security.

Along with establishing himself as an equal and reinventing his persona overseas as a "normal" leader of a "normal" nation - he even took a selfie with Singapore's foreign minister that was posted on Twitter, which like all other social media is banned in the North - Kim's primary objective at the summit was to undermine support for worldwide trade sanctions that have long hindered his plans to develop North Korea's economy.

Trump said that after exchanging verbal barbs - with Trump calling Kim "little rocket man" and Kim calling Trump "a dotard" - the two men grew to further respect each other.

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KCNA also reported that both leaders had agreed to visit each other in the United States and North Korea respectively. News of the summit itself had not yet been reported in the North as of late Tuesday night.

North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the trip, which began on Sunday, and they had access to various locations that was denied to media from elsewhere. On Wednesday morning, he took to Twitter to claim there was "no longer" a nuclear threat posed by the North Korean regime.

"Today's Rodong Sinmun wants to show Kim Jong Un played a huge part and seized a great victory", said Moon Hong-sik, research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS). Denuclearisation was just an appendage'.

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Shi Yinhong, an global relations expert at People's University in Beijing, said Trump's pledge to halt military maneuvers is, from China's perspective, nearly "too good to be true". "They are expressing their thoughts in order to cover their weaknesses".

It appears to reflect a new confidence among officials in North Korea that the isolated country has really been accepted onto the world stage.

"Although not part of the joint declaration, Mr Trump said after the summit that sanctions "will come off" once the U.S. is sure that the nukes are no longer a factor". I don't. We probably have some notes or something.

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