Implementing agreements by US, North Korean leaders requires patience — UN Sec Gen

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U.S. president Donald Trump has declared there is "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" following his ground-breaking summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

While Trump claimed a historic breakthrough at the most significant diplomatic event of his presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was more measured. "At this juncture, I don't think we know enough to challenge or celebrate".

China, North Korea's main ally, a year ago proposed what it calls a "dual suspension", whereby North Korea suspend nuclear and missile tests, and South Korea and the United States suspend military drills. The parties intend to discuss ways of overcoming the crisis around the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearization of the DPRK.

But the details of what is sure to be a complex and contentious process have yet to be settled.

While the USA has yet to confirm the contents of the reports, they suggest that the two leaders reached more verbal agreements than they put on paper, and made public. The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty, leaving the two sides in a technical state of war.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter Wednesday shortly after arriving back in Washington from his meetings in Singapore with Kim.

"Look, president Trump is a deal-maker", he said.

"Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", KCNA reported.

The president also asserted that after his initial round of talks with Kim, there is "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is charged by Trump with leading follow-on negotiations, said the USA hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next 2-1/2 years. He said negotiations would recommence "in the next week or so". "We have no intention of changing our joint drills with the U.S.", he said. "Propaganda, all that stuff, that's not something we'd get involved in".

Russian Federation is welcoming the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump however seems to have caught allies off guard by saying he would stop U.S. The Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations both did so.

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"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", he tweeted in one of a series of early morning pronouncements. His focus on diplomacy, including earlier meetings with the leaders of China and South Korea, is a sharp contrast with his rapid-fire testing of long-range missiles and the fiery exchanges of threats and insults previous year that created real fears of a war on the Korean Peninsula.

"This is a major win for (North Korea), which of course wants to weaken the US-South Korea alliance and eventually send the US troops home", Dr Roy said. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

But Victor Cha, a former United States 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".

"Over the last two months the border is more open than it was when we first started", Trump told reporters in Singapore. -South Korea military exercises, handing North Korea a win on one of its longtime policy goals.

A task force has been also launched to prepare for possible tour programmes in the North by South Korean tourists, according to the Korea Tourism Organisation.

Kim, Moon's spokesman, says Seoul is still trying to figure out the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments.

Kim has portrayed the switch as a natural next step now that he has what he stresses is a credible and viable nuclear arsenal capable of keeping the U.S.at bay.

"He was unambiguous about that", Pompeo said. President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem. "It is up to the USA and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises".

Mr Pompeo will then fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks. -South Korean drills was met with concern.

"We had nothing to do with that film", Castaldo said in a telephone interview, adding he had awoken to a deluge of calls and emails from journalists around the world.

"It is up to the United States and South Korea to decide about their joint exercises".

Neither the issue of military drills nor lifting sanctions was mentioned in the statement.

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