Kim expressed readiness at Trump summit to meet with Abe: Japanese official

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Trump has been on a victory tour of sorts since he returned from the historic summit, where he was the first USA president to meet with a sitting leader from North Korea.

In North Korea, the state media has praised the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, while downplaying the agreement to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The issue of human rights was notably absent from the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim at their five-hour summit on Tuesday. Officials in China and Russian Federation have called for sanctions relief to be considered, while South Korea has been aggressively pursuing a rapprochement with North Korea.

Trump added that everybody "can now feel much safer than the day I took office" and people could "sleep well tonight!" "Only then will there be relief from the sanctions".

In agreeing to the summit, Trump risked granting Kim his long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North's nuclear program.

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the USA can trust.

Following the summit, Trump said the U.S. would halt its "provocative" joint military drills with South Korea as long as negotiations are ongoing with the North, an announcement that caught Seoul by surprise.

A government source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Japanese officials planned to discuss the summit meeting with North Korean officials at an worldwide conference on Northeast Asian security to be held in Mongolia on Thursday and Friday. "But I think what's most important was that the people of the world, including those in the United States, Japan and Koreans, have all been able to escape the threat of war, nuclear weapons and missiles".

Pompeo, who is scheduled to travel to Beijing Thursday, said he isn't sure when the next conversation with North Korea will next take place but that it could happen "fairly quickly" - as soon as the coming week.

Republican lawmakers such as Senators Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, called for "open eyes" and "concrete accomplishments" after Trump left the island nation with a vague commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, which in the past has been language used by Pyongyang as a diplomatic euphemism for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea and, more generally, of the USA nuclear umbrella protecting Seoul and Tokyo.

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Mr Beloussov added the North Korean hacking group is allegedly backed by Pyongyang so it could easily start cyber-espionage operation on multiple countries.

"We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency [of denuclearisation]", said Mr Pompeo.

President Trump has made it official, at least on Twitter.

"It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated".

"North Korea has great potential for the future!"

"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the US", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon.

Will Trump demand the same standard in his negotiations with the North Koreans, insisting that Pyongyang offer inspectors historically invasive access to its military facilities?

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations.

North Korea's official news agency on Wednesday quoted Kim as saying it is "urgent" that both North Korea and the United States "make a bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other", while mentioning Trump's pledge to halt the military exercises.

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