Senate GOP leaders have no objections to Trump's defense of Kim

Senate GOP leaders have no objections to Trump's defense of Kim

US President Donald Trump raised human rights abuses by the North Korean government during his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore this week, the White House says.

And while North Korean state media had claimed that Mr Trump and Mr Kim agreed to "step-by-step" actions - an apparent euphemism for phased sanctions relief in exchange for phased denuclearisation - Mr Pompeo ruled that out.

US President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to South Korea expressed his support Thursday for Trump's pledge to stop military exercises in the area, a concession some US lawmakers anxious could weaken Washington's alliance with Seoul against Pyongyang.

Despite the uncertainties, Mr Trump talked up the outcome of what was the first meeting between a USA and North Korean leader in six decades of hostility.

North Korea's state news channel on Thursday was the first to broadcast a 42-minute long video from Trump's meeting this week with Kim Jong Un.

However, the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, said the world, through the summit, had escaped the threat of war, echoing Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim.

"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.

The cancellation is considered a concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

SCHMITZ: That's where both countries lose on trade and, says professor Shi, China would likely stop helping the USA on North Korea, a scenario that could spell trouble for the goodwill still lingering from the Singapore summit.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. That kind of thing is very threatening to North Korea. -North Korea denuclearization agreement has not produced any reduction in the North Korea nuclear or missile threat, and they remain skeptical that the Kim government will agree to dismantle its entire nuclear and missile weapons programs that has always been seen as vital to it survival.

"We hope the United States will meet the Chinese half way and use a win-win, instead of lose-lose approach", Wang said, imploring Washington to refrain from "creating further obstacles to our cooperation".

But Trump's move had always been suggested by China, and Beijing was quick to applaud its announcement on Wednesday.

"The Japanese didn't know about it", said Menendez, who had on Tuesday called the Trump-Kim statement "anaemic" with "very little substance on anything".

Wang said China had consistently supported the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but that it was impossible to solve the issue overnight. When pressed on how the USA would verify the North's denuclearization, though, Pompeo became irritated and berated a reporter by calling the question insulting and ludicrous.

A North Korea expert with inside knowledge of the Trump administration agreed Tuesday that Trump had taken us back from the brink of war.

Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, planned to fly to Beijing later Thursday to update the Chinese government about the talks.

The Pentagon is expected to make an announcement about suspending the annual joint drill with South Korea in a press release on Thursday, according to CNN. The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.

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