Trump claims North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat

Trump claims North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat

Air Force One arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Wednesday morning, bringing President Donald Trump home from his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. (TMN photo)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the U.S. following this week’s summit in Singapore.

The tweets came shortly after Trump landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

On Tuesday, Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un one-on-one for nearly an hour.

After a bilateral meeting with aides and a working lunch, the two leaders signed a joint statement laying out the following:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

However, the statement does not outline what full denuclearization will ultimately look like or address verification measures.

While Trump struck an optimistic tone Wednesday, the joint statement did not provide details for how denuclearization would be verified.

In a press conference after the meetings on Tuesday, Trump said verification was discussed and will ultimately be achieved by a combination of American and international inspectors.

“It’s going to be achieved by having a lot of people there, and as we develop a certain trust,” Trump said. “This is complete denuclearization of North Korea, and it will be verified.”

Trump also said the U.S. will end regional joint military exercises with South Korea, stating that they were “provocative,” something that counters previous claims from the Pentagon.

The president defended his decision on Wednesday, saying in a tweet that North Korea was acting in good faith.

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