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