Trump says North Korea no longer a nu­clear threat; North high­lights con­ces­sions

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SEOUL: North Korea no longer poses a nu­clear threat, nor is it the “big­gest and most dan­ger­ous prob­lem” for the United States, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Wed­nes­day on his re­turn from a sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore with North Korean leader Kim JongUn.

The sum­mit was the first be­tween a sit­ting U.S. pres­i­dent and a North Korean leader and fol­lowed a flurry of North Korean nu­clear and mis­sile tests and an­gry ex­changes be­tween Trump and Kim last year that fu­eled fears of war.

“Ev­ery­body can now feel much safer than the day I took of­fice,” Trump said on Twit­ter.

“There is no longer a nu­clear threat from North Korea. Meet­ing with Kim Jong Un was an in­ter­est­ing and very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. North Korea has great po­ten­tial for the fu­ture!”

On Tues­day, Trump told a news con­fer­ence after the sum­mit that he would like to lift sanc­tions against the North but that this would not hap­pen im­me­di­ately.

North Korean state me­dia lauded the sum­mit as a re­sound­ing suc­cess, say­ing Trump ex­pressed his in­ten­tion to halt U.S.-South Korea mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, of­fer se­cu­rity guar­an­tees to the North and lift sanc­tions against it as re­la­tions im­prove.

Kim and Trump in­vited each other to their re­spec­tive coun­tries and both lead­ers “gladly ac­cepted,” the North’s Korean Cen­tral News-Agency (KCNA) said.

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