Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

North Korea praises Donald Trump's 'enthusiasm' after historic summit

North Korea praises Donald Trump's 'enthusiasm' after historic summit

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington.

But no rational and objective observer who followed the summit and saw Trump and Kim behaving so cordially can believe that Trump is leading the USA into a nuclear war with North Korea.

Despite Trump's optimism following his summit with Kim, many remained skeptical that North Korea, infamous on the world stage for making empty promises, especially when it comes to its nuclear program, would follow through on its pledges from this week's meetings.

"Under the circumstances that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal, I think it's inappropriate to have war games", Trump said of the joint military exercises that for decades have bolstered USA and South Korean readiness.

Last year's talking point was that Trump, with his "fire and fury" talk, was leading the US into a nuclear war with North Korea. South Korea was also reportedly shocked by Trump's announcement that he would end American participation in "war games", and the later reversals and reversals of the reversals from administration officials only compounded unease about Trump's goals and competence.

Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbor could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country.

Mr. Trump said the US will be continuing sanctions until denuclearization occurs - but suggested sanctions might be lifted earlier than many experts thought possible. On Wednesday North Korean state media said that in addition to suspending joint military drills, Trump agreed to lift sanctions against North Korea.

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year", the report said. Even if this meeting doesn't lead to any breakthroughs - and there's good reason to be skeptical of that - a future USA president may be glad that Trump threw away that old rule book and gave him or her a freer hand.

"I have no idea" whether Trump secured anything of substance, said Corker, the retiring chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Already, North Korea has criticized the US and South Korea's military drills, saying they're not helpful for peace talks.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw USA troops from the South.

"From now on, I think there will be more chances for [the U.S.] to bring up human rights". Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Trump and Kim in Singapore on Tuesday. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

Trump, going above and beyond the statement on paper, promised to halt joint military drills with South Korea.

The Pentagon said Tuesday it was consulting with the White House and others, but was silent on whether the August exercise would proceed.

The South Korean president responded positively to the summit, praising the "courage and determination" of both leaders. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

The media message to the masses was clear: this is a big success for Kim - known in the North as the Marshal - and the result of his wise leadership. "A lot of work", Mr. Trump said of the summit.

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