Trump says world can ‘sleep well’ after NK summit
‘There is no longer nuclear threat from Pyongyang’
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.
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.