Trump Lauds North Korea Deal De­spite Scep­ti­cism

Says Py­ongyang no longer a nu­clear threat

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Don­aldTrump has de­clared that North Korea is no longer a nu­clear threat, fol­low­ing his sum­mit with Kim Jong-un, BBC re­ported.

Don­ald Trump has de­clared that North Korea is no longer a nu­clear threat, fol­low­ing his sum­mit with Kim Jong-un, BBC re­ported.

The two lead­ers met on Tues­day, sign­ing a brief dec­la­ra­tion on de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion and re­duc­ing ten­sions.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing back in the US, the pres­i­dent also tweeted that “ev­ery­body can now feel much safer”.

How­ever, the cred­i­bil­ity of that claim is in doubt. Many ob­servers say the agree­ment does lit­tle to re­duce North Korea’s stock­pile of weapons.

Un­der the deal, the North re­tains its nu­clear war­heads, the mis­siles to launch them and has not agreed to any spe­cific process to get rid of them.

The dec­la­ra­tion signed at the end of the sum­mit said the two coun­tries would co-op­er­ate to­wards “new re­la­tions”, while the US would pro­vide “se­cu­rity guar­an­tees” to North Korea.

Py­ongyang in re­turn “com­mits to work to­ward com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean penin­sula”.

At a news con­fer­ence af­ter the meet­ing, Mr Trump said he would lift sanc­tions against North Korea once “nukes are no longer a fac­tor”.

He also an­nounced an un­ex­pected end to US-South Korea mil­i­tary drills.

The move - long de­manded by Py­ongyang - has been seen as a ma­jor con­ces­sion to North Korea and ap­peared to take US al­lies in the re­gion by sur­prise.

Most Western ob­servers have said the deal in­cludes no new com­mit­ments from North Korea nor de­tails on how de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion could be achieved or ver­i­fied.

At his news con­fer­ence, Pres­i­dent Trump said it was dif­fi­cult to en­sure any­thing but that he trusted his in­stinct that Mr Kim would abide by his word.

Crit­ics also ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that Py­ongyang’s long record of hu­man rights abuses was not ad­dressed.

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