By claiming that the North Korean nuclear threat has disappeared, Trump also risks weakening the USA negotiating position in talks on denuclearization that were mandated by the summit and will be led from the U.S. side by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
With a handshake that lasted for about 13 seconds, North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scripted history during the first-ever and much-awaited meeting between the two countries.
In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System firing an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile during a U.S.
And when Stephanopoulos pressed Trump how how "he is going to know that [Kim] is keeping his word", all Trump could say is "we're going to be following things, we're going to be monitoring things". "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!" The president was forecasting what he hopes is the imminence of a formal end to the war that U.S., South Korean and United Nations forces waged 65 years ago.
Even worse, Trump surprised South Korea and even other USA officials when he appeared to announce a US concession that was never mentioned publicly when he was with Kim: the suspension of the U.S.More news: Michael Cohen hunts for new lawyers in FBI probe
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Wednesday that Trump expressed his intention to halt US-South Korea joint military exercises, offer security guarantees to the North and lift sanctions against it as relations improve. The US had sided with South Korea in the conflict. -South Korean drills was met with concern.
While Pyongyang says it has intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach the United States mainland, Guam is in reach of medium-to-long-range rockets.
This question led to some of the most interesting exchanges during Trump's sprawling news conference after the signing with Kim.
Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing.
And, for the time being at least, North Koreans are sticking to their normal slogans of support and loyalty when asked how they feel about what could be some very momentous changes on the horizon.
"He can come to the White House as long as he gives up his nuclear program, gives up his missile program. Sen".More news: United States can no longer take allies' support for granted after G-7
He said many in the media were hoping that the talks would "blow up" and that Kim Jong would "humiliate and embarrass Trump".
It appears even Trump was unclear on whether there was any record of his 40-minute talk with Kim.
As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.
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. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.
"Well, I think can you ensure anything?"
And sure, if a meeting with Kim is the only thing that will stop nuclear war, give him all the meetings you can. While the President is in charge, Pompeo said he will be the one "driving this process forward".More news: American toddlers consume way too much added sugar, says study