How anti-Trump hysteria helps the president on North Korea

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Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects the ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in North Korea. The likelihood of Trump launching a first strike against North Korea, thus setting South Korea, where more than 100,000 Americans live and/or work, ablaze and risking a strike against population centers in the US, was similarly low.

"It is the only dialogue that matters", Trump wrote to Kim late last month. She reported in April on the first summit between North and South Korea in a decade, and then on Trump's meeting with Kim. "Trump doesn't realise that if you brought down the barriers at the North Korean-China border and told the Chinese to stop chasing North Koreans, you'd probably have 100,000 people leave in a week".

"Secretary Pompeo and the other diplomats who will lead these talks no doubt have a lot of challenging tasks ahead of them, not only in getting North Korea to agree to significant follow-up measures, but in keeping Washington, Seoul and Beijing on the same page as each pursues bilateral engagement with Pyongyang", Daniel Wertz, associate director of the National Committee on North Korea, told Newsweek. Kim is now promising to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Kang said South Korea and the United States shared the same goals and approach to achieving denuclearization. It has not given the U.S. any information about them.

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Before the talks with Pompeo, Moon on Thursday hailed the summit as a great success.

President Donald Trump's remarks about North Korea no longer being a nuclear threat were made "with eyes wide open", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

He lauded the joint statement of bare-bones principles as a comprehensive denuclearisation agreement, when to many seasoned observers it didn't constitute anything close to a disarmament agenda binding Kim Jong-un to action.

Whatever one thought about the summit and its result, this was Mr Trump's moment: in a day of carefully choreographed photo opportunities with Kim Jong-un he had overturned the narrative of US-North Korean relations and dragged the Hermit Kingdom on to the world stage.

Several observers in the USA have expressed concerns that the summit will legitimize the odious Kim regime - the world's foremost pariah state, responsible for the operation of unconscionable gulags, currency counterfeiting, cyber theft, and even the manufacture of methamphetamines.

"It is clear that, through this summit, the severe security conditions that meant we were always on alert for incoming missiles (from North Korea) were alleviated", Suga said.

After calling the dictator a "tough guy", "smart", and someone who "loves his people", Trump shrugged off a question about his human rights abuses, echoing his remark past year that while Russian president Vladimir Putin is a killer, "There are a lot of killers". As he landed Wednesday in Washington following the summit, he declared on Twitter that America and the world can "sleep well tonight".

Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem".

The President also added that North Korea's promise to complete denuclearization "will be verified", though the document the two leaders signed did not lay out details of that process.

For South Korea particularly, the suspension of the annual military exercises came as a surprise.

Pompeo also sought to downplay Trump's announcement on Tuesday that military exercises with South Korea would be suspended in return for North Korea's denuclearization.

As Wednesday morning's issue of Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's internally focused state newspaper, illustrated, the summit was a major propaganda coup for Kim.

Yet even as US and South Korean officials sought to parlay the momentum from the dramatic summit into more progress on the nuclear issue, there were persistent questions about whether Trump had given away too much in return for too little. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally would be held in August.

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