‘Deal’ ends nu­clear threat and world can ‘sleep well’, says Trump

The Nation - - WORLD -

A ju­bi­lant-sound­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­clared that his “deal” with Kim Jong-un has ended the North Korean nu­clear threat, as his top diplo­mat said he hoped to see “ma­jor dis­ar­ma­ment” of the coun­try by 2020.

De­spite the lack of de­tail, or bind­ing terms in the joint state­ment agreed with Kim, which has alarmed a ma­jor­ity of ob­servers of the nu­clear stand­off, Trump struck a res­o­lutely bullish tone.

“There is no longer a Nu­clear Threat from North Korea,” he tweeted in one of a se­ries of early morn­ing pro­nounce­ments.

Trump added that every­body “can now feel much safer than the day I took of­fice” and peo­ple could “sleep well tonight!”

Crit­ics said the un­prece­dented en­counter be­tween Kim and Trump was more style than sub­stance, pro­duc­ing a doc­u­ment short on specifics about the key is­sue of Py­ongyang’s atomic weapons.

But the US pres­i­dent trum­peted the out­come as a “deal” with North Korea and vowed there would be “no more rocket launches, nu­clear test­ing or re­search!”

In the sum­mit state­ment, Kim pledged to “work to­ward the com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula”, a stock phrase favoured by Py­ongyang that stopped short of long­stand­ing US de­mands for North Korea to give up its atomic ar­se­nal in a “ver­i­fi­able” and “ir­re­versible” way.

In North Korea, state me­dia has praised Kim for “open­ing a new chap­ter” in re­la­tions with the United States.

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