Half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea after summit

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

South Korea will be looking for clarity from Mike Pompeo on key security issues raised by the Trump-Kim summit, when the USA secretary of state visits Seoul on Wednesday.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump tweeted as he arrived back in Washington.

Mr. Trump said the US will be continuing sanctions until denuclearization occurs - but suggested sanctions might be lifted earlier than many experts thought possible.

Trump and Kim's summit produced a historic handshake and a joint statement that committed North Korea to "complete denuclearization" without providing any details about how that would happen.

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the US, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low.

Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world".

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote.

The South Korean government, which views the presence of USA troops and the military exercises as important to regional security, seemed to express nervousness about Trump's remarks.

Donald Trump left this week's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un having granted a huge last-minute concession: promising to stop what he called "war games" with South Korea.

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The administration's argument is that the incremental approach used by past administrations has allowed North Korea to extract rewards and incentives from the USA, only to ultimately renege and refuse to give up its nukes.

That's his essence. He has decided he trusts the butcher of Pyongyang who had his own brother and half-brother assassinated, has killed top aides for looking the wrong way, has 120,000 fellow Koreans in the political prisons where many starve to death and on and on in the Kim-dynasty atrocities department.

First, Trump acknowledged that human rights was not a major topic during the meeting, saying it "was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization".

Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Mr Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart.

"I believe in North Korea", Rodman said. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said, adding that the Trump-Kim agreement is nothing more than a "few sentences on a sheet of paper" that were "very aspirational". Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

About 29,000 United States soldiers are based in the South, under a security agreement reached after the war ended in 1953.

Shares in Butan Industrial dipped further off their recent highs following Trump's get-together with Kim Jong Un, closing around 10% lower. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks _ but to far different receptions.

"They didn't address what was happening to the people in North Korea - all he did was praise Kim Jong-un". Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades.

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