Kim Jong-un knows denuclearization must be 'quick' - Pompeo

President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in historic summit

He said the U.S. would like "major" North Korean nuclear disarmament by the end of 2020, and that Pyongyang understood there would be "in-depth verification" of the process.

The premise appears to be that Kim has the ability to choose the path he takes North Korea on from here - potentially disastrous isolation or an embrace of the world. The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Kim on Tuesday, a concession long sought by Pyongyang.

But there was some skepticism about the summit's outcome "I'm afraid that many Japanese people are not so satisfied with the agreement".

The signed document includes a pledge from Mr Kim to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

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

Also on Thursday, North and South Korea held their first military talks in more than a decade.

Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.

On Wednesday, Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera pointedly said the drills played a "vital role in East Asia's security".

'We believe that Kim Jong-un understands the urgency. that we must do this quickly, ' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says of the effort to have North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons.

As per Tuesday's declaration, Pompeo is the key official on the United States side charged with implementing the broad-ranging, but vague agreement signed by Kim and Trump.

"We have big teams ready to go", including experts from the USA and other partners around the world, Pompeo said. "We have not spoken in depth about this topic between the three foreign ministers today", Kang said.

Trump's rush to claim credit for the supposed disappearance of the North Korean nuclear threat may also give nations like China and Russian Federation an incentive to ease stringent implementation of the "maximum pressure" sanctions that helped bring Pyongyang to the table.

Trump said the world is "safer" following the summit with Kim. KCNA also reported that Trump had expressed his intention to lift sanctions "over a period of goodwill dialogue" between the two countries. Bolton, who has been a target of Pyongyang's ire since his service in the George W. Bush administration, was introduced in the Thursday program dead-pan and shown shaking Kim's hand.

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Joel Wit, a Stimson Center senior fellow and North Korea expert, told NPR that in such a timeline "you could probably disarm key portions of the North Korea nuclear program".

Pompeo agreed, saying "We've seen power when China and the USA work together and don't treat the relationship as a zero sum".

Most Western observers have said the deal includes no new commitments from North Korea nor details on how denuclearisation could be achieved or verified. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

"Given that they were able to sign this agreement, it will prove that USA remains to be a superpower and also this will give them the right, more leverage on how they will engage with North Korea diplomatically or economically", he said. -North Korea relations and to recover the remains of prisoners of war and military members missing in action. "President Trump made that clear", Pompeo said.

The US would suspend "provocative" war games it holds with South Korea.

"He was unambiguous about that", Pompeo said.

On the issue the world has been most fixated on - North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal meant to target the entire US mainland - Trump and Kim signed a joint statement that contained a repeat of past vows to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

In South Korea, the liberal Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper said Trump and Kim have started a "march of peace" to end almost seven decades of hostility and pave the way for permanent peace and prosperity on the peninsula.

Trump, seemingly unprompted, has long wanted to withdraw the United States from South Korea, and now he may have found a reason. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. "Secretary Pompeo and the other diplomats who will lead these talks no doubt have a lot of challenging tasks ahead of them, not only in getting North Korea to agree to significant follow-up measures, but in keeping Washington, Seoul and Beijing on the same page as each pursues bilateral engagement with Pyongyang", Daniel Wertz, associate director of the National Committee on North Korea, told Newsweek.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S.

The summer exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, consists mainly of computer simulations to hone joint decision-making and planning. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Ultimately, that may end up being the only option that the U.S. has short of war.

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