Pompeo: U.S. aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years

Historic summit is a cause for celebration — not nitpicking

Historic summit is a cause for celebration — not nitpicking

As Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Tuesday in defense of the summit on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt's show (in one of those gaffes in which a politician actually tells the truth), if you have nuclear weapons, you should be given a meeting with the US president.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington.

Trump and Kim's summit produced a historic handshake and a joint statement that committed North Korea to "complete denuclearization" without providing any details about how that would happen. Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for anywhere between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs, and previous year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the U.S.

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year", the report said. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

Almost an hour later, noted the "fortune" the US will save as a result of his commitment to end U.S. "If joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises are halted, the role of the Combined Forces Command ends and U.S. troop numbers will naturally decline", he claimed. The totalitarian state also restricts travel, prohibits outside information, strictly controls the media, and brutally suppresses dissent by imprisoning over 100,000 people in political prison camps, and possibly subjecting them to torture, rape, murder, according to a 2014 United Nations report that recommended the leadership in North Korea be prosecuted for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

While Pyongyang says it has intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the USA mainland, Guam is in reach of medium-to-long-range rockets.

The North's state media provided detailed hour-by-hour reporting on the summit, including Kim's departure for the meeting venue, his remarks and the names of officials who accompanied him.

During his return, Trump spoke with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump grasped Kim's right arm as they shook, and then, later, took hold of Kim's left arm as they turned to face the cameras and the world, both their expressions momentarily deadening before they turned to face each other again, and smiled.

"He can come to the White House as long as he gives up his nuclear program, gives up his missile program. Sen". Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.

Nonetheless, in interviews immediately after the summit with George Stephanopoulos and Sean Hannity, Trump insisted that Kim - who he praised as "a strong guy" with "a very good personality" who is "very strategic" and "very impressive" - could be trusted. DPRK is the abbreviation for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades.

How will this change relations between the US and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops?

Washington has described the drills as defensive in nature, but Pyongyang says they are a rehearsal for invasion and has long called for them to end.

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