President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to South Korea on Thursday backed the idea of a "pause" in major military exercises between USA and South Korean forces, while talks on North Korea's nuclear program continue. "Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience", the USA president tweeted Wednesday morning after returning to Washington from Singapore, where he had held talks with Kim.
Hailing his meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, as a major win for American security, Trump indicated that he expects Pyongyang to follow through on its commitment to work toward denuclearization, Reuters reports. "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem".
Washington remained committed to the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation of North Korea, Pompeo added, after the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore drew criticism for its vague wording on plans for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.
"The President of the US expressed the possibility of suspending the US-South Korea joint military exercises...and, as progress is made from dialogue and negotiations, lifting sanctions against DPRK", said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Trump later told a news conference he would end joint U.S.
On Fox News' "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl., commented on the role of Congress after President Trump's North Korea summit.
"The summit created this enormous historic opportunity for us to move forward and will fundamentally really shape the relationship between the United States and North Korea", Pompeo said.
MINORU IWASAKI AP North Koreans gather round a newspaper stand at a subway station in the capital Pyongyang on Wednesday
"We envision strong, secure and prosperous North Korea that is fully integrated into the community of nations".
"Regardless of the smiles in the summit many in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. Congress doubt that North Korea is honest in its intentions", the report states.
Accompanied by a soaring soundtrack and narrated by the country's noted newsreader Ri Chun Hee, the video covered all facets of Kim's visit to Singapore, in what, the report said, could be the first glimpse of the outside world for many North Koreans.
Trump has been under fire for his friendliness towards North Korea.. "It has been 25 years since the North Korean nuclear issue popped up and there has been many, many diplomatic efforts and consultations and the Six Party talks, and it didn't go anywhere". "And we have thousands of people that have asked for that - thousands and thousands of people".
Deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division Phil Robertson criticised Mr Trump for putting little or no emphasis on the human rights of North Koreans. But big, joint US-South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.
In the so-called Panmunjom Declaration issued at the inter-Korean summit, North and South Korea agreed to work to ease military tension and "practically eliminate the danger of war" on the divided peninsula.
The US maintains about 28,500 soldiers in South Korea, which remains in a technical state of war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean war ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.