Trump says world can ‘sleep well’ af­ter NK sum­mit

‘There is no longer nu­clear threat from Pyongyang’

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WASH­ING­TON (AFP) — A ju­bi­lant-sound­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clared Wed­nes­day 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 U.S. pres­i­dent trum­peted the out­come as a “deal” with North Korea and vowed there would be “no more rocket launches, nu­clear test­ing or re­search!”

Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, speak­ing to re­porters in Seoul, said the United States hoped for “ma­jor disarmament” of North Korea by the end of 2020.

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

In North Korea, state me­dia praised Kim for “open­ing a new chap­ter” in re­la­tions with the United States, and said Trump had ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion to visit the North.

Just months ago, Kim and Trump were trad­ing threats and per­sonal in­sults as the North con­ducted its sixth and most pow­er­ful nu­clear test.

Adam Schiff, a top U.S. Demo­crat and staunch Trump critic, warned the stand­off was far from re­solved.

“North Korea still has all its nu­clear mis­siles, and we only got a vague prom­ise of fu­ture de­nu­cle­ariza­tion from a regime that can’t be trusted. North Korea is a real and present threat.

“So is a dan­ger­ously naive pres­i­dent,” Schiff said.

But Vic­tor Cha, a for­mer U.S. point­man on North Korea, gave Trump more credit, writ­ing in The New York Times: “De­spite its many flaws, the Sin­ga­pore sum­mit rep­re­sents the start of a diplo­matic process that takes us away from the brink of war.”

Trump tags US me­dia as na­tion’s ‘big­gest en­emy’

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Pres­i­dent Don- ald Trump chal­lenged skep­ti­cal me­dia cov­er­age of his his­toric sum­mit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un on Wed­nes­day, declar­ing that “Fake News” is the na­tion’s “big­gest en­emy.”

The pres­i­dent’s tweet, de­liv­ered a few hours af­ter Air Force One touched down out­side Wash­ing­ton, was rem­i­nis­cent of his Fe­bru­ary 2017 Twit­ter re­buke in which he called sev­eral lead­ing news out­lets “the en­emy of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.”

Trump has sought to por­tray his un­prece­dented meet­ing with Kim as a sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ment that has made the world less vul­ner­a­ble to the North’s nu­clear arse­nal. Crit- ics say that his agree­ment with the North lacks spe­cific re­straints on Kim’s govern­ment and that he of­fered to end joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with South Korea with lit­tle in re­turn.

The pres­i­dent tweeted af­ter re­turn­ing from his Sin­ga­pore sum­mit that “the Fake News, es­pe­cially NBC and CNN,” are “fight­ing hard to down­play the deal with North Korea.” He added: “500 days ago they would have ‘begged’ for this deal-looked like war would break out.”

“Our Coun­try’s big­gest en­emy is the Fake News so eas­ily pro­mul­gated by fools!” Trump tweeted.

The tweet fol­lowed a New York Times story on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s lack of sci­en­tific ex­per­tise, the pres­i­dent’s ques­tion­ing of the hon­esty of the Amer­i­can me­dia at an in­ter­na­tional sum­mit in Canada and his dis­missal of diplo­matic ex­per­tise in fa­vor of us­ing a “touch” and “feel” ap­proach in his talks with Kim.

Nor­we­gian law­mak­ers nom­i­nate Trump for Nobel Prize

Oslo (dpa) — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has been nom­i­nated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, two Nor­we­gian law­mak­ers said Wed­nes­day, cit­ing Trump’s re­cent his­toric sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“What is un­fold­ing is his­toric,” Per-Willy Amund­sen told Nor­we­gian broad­caster NRK. “A process has been launched that can con­trib­ute to se­cure world peace for some time.”

Amund­sen nom­i­nated Trump along with his fel­low Progress Party col­league Chris­tian Ty­bring-Gjedde.

A group of U.S. law­mak­ers re­cently an­nounced they have nom­i­nated Trump as well.

AP-Yon­hap

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­rives at An­drews Air Force Base af­ter a sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Sin­ga­pore, Wed­nes­day, in An­drews Air Force Base, Md.

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