USA lays out terms for North Korea sanctions relief

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Pompeo's comments came after North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Trump had agreed to a "step-by-step" process, suggesting that North Korea would gain concessions from the U.S. at the same time.

President Donald Trump declared on Twitter Wednesday that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", a bold and questionable claim following his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that produced few guarantees on how and when Pyongyang would disarm.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it has denuclearised in a way that is "complete, verifiable and irreversible".

The president can not be accused of going too far out on a limb here, however: The sanctions against North Korea remain in force.

On his plane, Trump talked with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at around 8-twenty to share the results of the Joint Statement with North Korea.

"Kim Jong Un got respect on the world stage, an end to military exercises between the United States and South Korea, and no timeline to give up nuclear weapons or human rights abuses".

With the president offering North Korea several concessions at the Singapore summit with Kim, including the cessation of military-preparedness training with the South Koreans and the possible removal of USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, critics of the administration say the giving China exactly what it wants.

"We're going to get denuclearization", Pompeo said at a press conference following trilateral talks with South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's foreign minister Tarō Kōno. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government.

THE FACTS: Trump is wrong to suggest North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.

The meeting was also a "defining moment" for Trump, leader of "the world's police at the moment", said Cabalza.

He is known to have stopped over at airbases in Guam and Hawaii to encourage US forces and is expected to arrive at the White House sometime Wednesday morning.

Moon said he was satisfied with the outcome of the summit and what is most important is that it has allowed the world to escape from the threats of a nuclear war and long-range missiles.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he expects North Korea to take steps toward major nuclear disarmament within the next two-and-a-half years.

We'll be going over some of those concerns with an expert in the studio later, but sticking with the summit for now, we obviously know both leaders left Singapore last night, Kim Jong-un is expected to have arrived in Pyongyang by now, but we have yet to receive any confirmation on Trump's touch-down in Washington.

If North Korea's illegal nuclear program forced the US military to stop training with its ally, then it sends a powerful message to leaders everywhere: The US can be blackmailed with nukes. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade worldwide inspections. The next military exercise is scheduled for August, and in years past, has drawn thousands of troops from the U.S., South Korea and other countries. He told reporters that if the USA concludes they no longer are, the freeze "will no longer be in effect".

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the USA can trust. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul. "New history has been made, and China welcomes and supports it", said Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry.

Ultimately, that may end up being the only option that the United States has short of war.

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