Trump says North Korea 'no longer a nuclear threat'

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There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea, Donald Trump has tweeted, less than a day after the "epochal" first-ever summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Hours before the meeting, Trump had seemed more cautious in a Twitter post: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly..." The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Kim on Tuesday.

Trump's tweets followed a high-profile summit which yielded a renewed promise by Kim to "denuclearize" the Korean Peninsula but was scant on details.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim - who traded vicious insults a year ago - gripped each other's hands in front of United States and North Korean flags.

The document also refers to the repatriation of the remains of prisoners of war and those killed in conflict, but makes no specific reference to people abducted by North Korea.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

But North Korea's confidence began to show nearly as soon as Kim arrived in Singapore on Sunday.

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North Korean state media broke form and featured photos of leader Kim Jong Un walking around Singapore and meeting with President Donald Trump in their latest editions.

But conservatives in South Korea slammed the summit, saying it failed to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

At the start of his meeting with Kim, which began with a hand-shake, Trump said: "Working together we will get it taken care of..."

Last year Kim was "Little Rocket Man", according to Trump, and US officials regularly mentioned his likely role in the assassination of his half-brother with nerve agent in a Malaysian airport, as well as his uncle's execution.

But Wednesday's issue did provide some clues to North Korea watchers about how Kim is portraying the summit back home. Past year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the USA mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target.

"It is something that [North Korea] very much appreciated", he said, adding that the exercises cost too much and are seen as provocative by North Korea. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said Japan saw "US-South Korean joint exercises and the US military presence in South Korea as vital to security in East Asia".

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Mr Trump said the drills were "provocative" - even though the United States has previously defended them - and there were suggestions that USA allies in the region had not been forewarned of this move. "I am confident that they understand what we're prepared to do, the handful of things that we're likely not prepared to do".

"My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive", Trump said in a media availability following the meeting.

South Korean army's K-9 self-propelled howitzers take positions during an annual exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, June 11, 2018. The secretary of state is to meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono was also scheduled to visit Seoul on Thursday for talks with his US and South Korean counterparts to discuss the summit.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S.

However, many South Koreans rushed to express their awe of Tuesday's events.

"In coordination with our ROK [South Korean] partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense and/or Indo-Pacific Command", the U.S. Forces-Korea statement said. He met for almost an hour with General Vincent Brooks, commander of US Forces Korea, at the air base before heading by motorcade to Seoul.

A Chinese plane with Kim on board touched down at Pyongyang International Airport at 7 a.m., according to Korean Central Television and Pyongyang Broadcasting Station (PBS).

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