Donald Trump Tweets: North Korea No Longer A Nuclear Threat

The most intense hand shake ever. Credit PA

After the Singapore summit ended on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Seoul to confer with South Korean officials.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted Wednesday. "But it's really important that we disrupted the status quo, like the president has".

The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take U.S. allies in the region by surprise.

The U.S. has stationed troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and now has some 28,500 in the country. "In the past, old practices and prejudices worked against us and placed many obstacles in our way, but we overcame all of them and we are here today".

One South Korean official was quoted as saying he was "shocked" by that description.

"We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!" he wrote online.

"We welcome the outcomes", the defense spokesman said.

When relations between the US and the DPRK thawed slightly between 1990 and 2005, a repatriation agreement allowed 229 sets of remains to come home to American families.

The Republican chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker, said it was hard to assess what had happened at the summit.

The Pentagon has denied that US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was caught off guard by the president's announcement, saying "there were no surprises".

The summit is a "consequential opportunity" of great importance for the region and world peace, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on June 12.

There was news from the summit, Colbert said.

The document the two leaders signed did not include details of how and when North Korea would denuclearize, nor did it spell out exactly what "security guarantees" the United States would provide to North Korea.

But with no clear signs of how or when the process will unfold, others have been more cautious about the summit's implications.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Seoul on Wednesday, sought to quell criticism that North Korea didn't make any major commitments at the summit in Singapore.

On the way forward, Pompeo said, "I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans".

Chinese state media described the summit as a "starting point" but said "no-one would expect the half-day summit to be able to iron out all differences and remove deep-seated mistrust between the two long-time foes".

He also suggested that the United Nations should consider easing sanctions on Pyongyang to reward it for progress towards giving up its nuclear program. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem. There was no mention of a declaration of North Korea's nuclear assets, which normally precedes any arms-control negotiation, or of timelines or deadlines. Its inspectors have not returned to North Korea since they were expelled from the country in 2009.

"North Korea is a real and present threat", Schiff said in a tweet.

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