Secretary Pompeo Pitches North Korea's Neighbors On Singapore Deal

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Japan formally lists 17 citizens as abduction victims and suspects North Korea is involved in many more disappearances.

North Korea's state-run media on Wednesday reported in detail about what Kim and Trump discussed and agreed on in Singapore.

Thirty-nine percent believe the summit has lowered the threat of nuclear war between the United States and nuclear-armed North Korea, slightly more than the 37 percent who said they did not believe it changed anything.

Meanwhile, Trump accepted the offer originally suggested by China that the USA and North Korea suspend their tests and military exercises - the so-called freeze-for-freeze (or suspension-for-suspension) proposal that had been repeatedly rejected previously by the US. To secure Kim's signature on the Singapore agreement, Washington jettisoned its historic focus on North Korean human rights abuses - a question officials in Tokyo will likely raise with Pompeo in coming days.

"When you take over a country - a tough country, tough people - and you take it over from your father, I don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have", Trump said.

"But the heart of the matter was this: "I just feel very strongly", he told reporters "[with] my instinct, my ability, or talent, they want to make a deal".

On Thursday, Pompeo will meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's top envoy Taro Kono. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.

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In a joint declaration following their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the North Korean leader pledged to move toward complete denuclearization of the peninsula and Trump vowed to guarantee the security of the United States' old foe.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un listens to U.S. President Donald Trump as they meet in a one-on-one bilateral session at the start of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore, June 12, 2018.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats. He added that the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides.

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Critics at home said the USA president had given away too much at a meeting that gave worldwide standing to Kim. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" "Because look, whether you are semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you're that close, it can't be a positive feeling", Trump said. "North Korea's commitment "to work toward" disarmament is analogous to the language that binds the five accepted nuclear weapons states".

Trump returned to Washington, declaring on Twitter "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", even though the agreement he signed with Kim does not spell out how Pyongyang will dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

Both were aware that the once-unthinkable meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader was a media blockbuster, drawing journalists from around the world, worldwide viewers and mobs of cellphone-waving onlookers in the Asian city-state chosen for their sit-down.

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That stood in contrast to the Trump administration's insistence that no sanctions relief will come until North Korea jettisons its entire nuclear program.

Ralph Goodale, Canadian public safety minister and former finance minister, applauded President Trump for reaching a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Rounding out Trump's positive appraisal of leaders with a tight grip on power, the president was asked about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and his call to reinstate Russian Federation into the G-7 alliance. Obviously, joint exercises can be resumed just as easily as they can be halted, but this was a quite astonishing concession on the part of the United States with little concrete to show for it. They walked outside together after the lunch, stopping briefly to look at the US president's special limousine. Another major exercise is due in August. But two other administration officials told CNN that by Wednesday morning it was clear to defense officials the White House was unhappy. Any hint of a USA pullout in the region will prompt serious concerns in Japan.

It was unclear whether South Korea was aware of Trump's decision before he announced it publicly.

In the run-up to Tuesday's historic face-to-face with Kim, Trump had appeared unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader accused by the US of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and presiding over a notorious gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners.

If Kim's nuclear program becomes globally accepted as a menace to maintain rather than eliminate, the precedent could be unsafe for non-proliferation, said Lewis.

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