Even as Pompeo staunchly defended the summit results, he was less exuberant than Trump, who tweeted on his return to the USA on Monday morning: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".
Although human rights was not included in the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, the U.S. president said he raised the issue and he believed the North Korean leader wanted to "do the right thing". Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for anywhere between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs, and past year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the U.S. Ultimately, in the short term, at least while diplomacy continues, Trump's tweets seem to indicate he is ready to live with the fact that North Korea has nuclear weapons and potentially the capacity to fire them at the United States, in an implicit erosion of the U.S. strategic position. "Our unprecedented meeting - the first between an American President and a leader of North Korea - proves that real change is possible!" "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote.
The president's suspension of the exercises came as U.S. Forces-Korea, led by Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, is preparing for the annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises later this summer with the South Koreans.
Pyongyang also confirmed Trump's declaration on Tuesday that the USA would halt joint military drills with South Korea.
"Under the circumstances that we're negotiating a very comprehensive complete deal, I think it's inappropriate to have war games", Trump said of the joint military exercises that for decades have bolstered USA and South Korean readiness.
"The US-South Korea joint exercises and US forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday.
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In Japan, the prospect of canceled US-South Korean drills was met with concern. Also, by letting North Korea dictate what the U.S. military does, Trump sends the U.S. down a slippery slope.
The top USA diplomat was in South Korea to brief officials on the summit before traveling to China, where he will offer further briefings on the summit and regional issues with leaders there.
"North Korea is a real and present threat", Schiff said in a tweet.
He said many in the media were hoping that the talks would "blow up" and that Kim Jong would "humiliate and embarrass Trump". It has arguably gotten more brutal under the 34-year-old third current dictator, to whom Mr. Trump was so courteous and even complimentary in their Singapore meetings.
"From now on, I think there will be more chances for [the U.S.] to bring up human rights". The office of South Korean president Moon Jae-in said they did not know Trump's "exact meaning or intentions", and several lawmakers suggested USA military leaders were in the dark as well.
How will this change relations between the US and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops? Both sides promised to push the process forward quickly, and Trump and Kim exchanged invitations to each other to visit their nations' capitals. The next military exercise is scheduled for August. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.
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