Trump heaps praise on 'tough guy' Kim Jong Un

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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.

A jubilant-sounding President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his "deal" with Kim Jong Un has ended the North Korean nuclear threat, as his top diplomat said he hoped to see "major disarmament" of the country by 2020.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Mr Trump expressed his intention to halt US-South Korean joint military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve.

Trump also agreed to halt joint military exercises between the US and South Korea on the Korean Peninsula, though that decision seemed to surprise both Seoul and the Pentagon.

"Under the circumstances that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal I think it's inappropriate to have war games", Trump said during a press conference in Singapore earlier this week.

Echoing that stance, Akira Kawasaki of the ICAN anti-nuclear group said the summit was "a great photo-op", but that "the substance needs to be followed up". In return, Trump has promised to stop USA military drills in South Korea. And so do the North Koreans.

'I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us, ' he said.

At his news conference, President Trump said it was hard to ensure anything but that he trusted his instinct that Mr Kim would abide by his word.

"There are always concerns about President Trump and he's very erratic", Wit said. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

Trump's failure to condemn one of the worst human rights records on the world stage is certain to inflame criticism that is already being leveled at him from both Democrats and Republicans in the wake of the summit.

"We're going to get denuclearization", he stressed at the joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, following their trilateral meeting in South Korea's capital.

Despite Trump and Moon's assertions about the North Korean nuclear threat being over, a senior USA official responsible for studying the North Korean military said the US intelligence assessment of the nuclear and other military threat posed by North Korea to USA and allied forces in Asia and the northwest Pacific remained unchanged.

Critics said the unprecedented encounter between Kim and Trump was more style than substance, producing a document short on specifics about the key issue of Pyongyang's atomic weapons.

And given the size and scope of Pyongyang's program, will Trump also demand an agreement with them include the removal of all nuclear weapons material, including research, development, and raw materials, and does not include any "sunset clauses" on the resumption of enrichment work?

Trump also is wrong in saying "nothing happened" in return. Mr. Trump said he and Kim, a dictator accused of directing the murders of family members and starving his own people, had a "very good relationship".

He said: "One such operation that was uncovered recently was GhostSecret, which stole data from 17 countries!"

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

In South Korea, the liberal Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said Trump and Kim have started a "march of peace" to end almost seven decades of hostility and pave the way for permanent peace and prosperity on the peninsula.