Pompeo Tries to Clean Up Trump’s Messy Claims About North Korea Summit

President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in historic summit

"Our understanding is that what President Trump said after his deep consultation with Chairman Kim Jong Un is aimed at strengthening the budding dialogue momentum between South and North Korea", said Kang, the South Korean foreign minister. They said it couldn't be done, they scoffed. No details of what those steps would be were given. "That is not going to happen, President Trump made that clear".

"The joint military drills between the US and South Korea are a matter based on the alliance between the two countries, and are an issue to be decided between the military authorities after consultations".

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations.

The announcement comes after President Trump declared after his historic summit with Kim that he would stop the "war games."

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.

It was the first time a sitting US president met face to face with a North Korean leader.

While Trump and Kim concluded their summit in Singapore by signing a joint statement that promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it did not specify what that process would entail.

The boss of a film production company credited with creating a video that Donald Trump showed to Kim Jong-un this week says he had nothing to with it.

At the briefing, Pompeo reiterated that the shared goal of the US, South Korea and Japan is to get North Korea to denuclearize not only completely, but also irreversibly and verifiably.

Washington's top diplomat was in Seoul to brief his South Korean and Japanese counterparts after President Donald Trump's post-summit comments sparked confusion and concern in Tokyo and Seoul.

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Asked about his having suggested Russian Federation be let back into the G7, Trump said of that meeting, "We spent about 25% of our time talking about Russian Federation". "But as an example, if Vladimir Putin were sitting next to me at a table instead of one of the others, and we were having dinner the other night in Canada, I could say 'Would you do me a favor?"

The current understanding between Kim and Trump may not be a complete American giveaway either, as some critics are asserting.

"'He's a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other", the USA president said.

Mr Trump had earlier said that sanctions would "remain in effect" until "the nukes are no longer a factor", but it was unclear exactly what that meant.

In the run-up to the summit, the North's media softened its rhetoric so as not to spoil the atmosphere as Kim prepared to sit down with the leader of the country North Korea has maligned and lambasted for decades as the most evil place on Earth, other than perhaps Japan, its former colonial ruler. "I got them after we had signed the agreement".

"Otto did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us being here today", Trump said. Bush took a tougher stance toward North Korea, and the 1994 nuclear deal collapsed because of suspicions that the North was running a secret uranium program.

Trump said he would "absolutely" invite Kim to visit the White House and is open to visiting Pyongyang, as well.

"Today, we had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator.

The president's take on Kim's record echoed past assessments of the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin in which Trump brushed aside questions about killings of journalists and political opponents.

They first met Tuesday for about 40 minutes alone, except for their translators, before bringing in delegations from their respective sides for a working lunch.

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