Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Fact check: Trump makes false claims after North Korea summit


In this picture taken on June 12, 2018 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 13, 2018, US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) walk to attend their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

Trump's Tuesday meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un produced a wave of USA concessions in exchange for vague, nonbinding promises from North Korea.

While Trump and Kim concluded their summit in Singapore by signing a joint statement that promised "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", it did not specify what that process would entail.

But he noted that the "war games" with South Korea that Trump said he will end, will continue if the North Korean leader doesn't follow through on his commitments.

The country was as surprised as anyone by President Donald Trump's sudden announcement in Singapore that the USA would be "stopping the war games" - the joint military exercises it regularly carries out with South Korea.

North Korea in May cancelled talks with Seoul over "Max Thunder" joint military air exercises between the U.S. and the South. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the president wrote. He met for almost an hour at the air base with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, before heading by motorcade to Seoul.

"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea.

He cited American college student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested by North Korean authorities in 2016 and died a year ago after being repatriated to the United States with severe brain damage.

The state media said talks were "epoch making" and would help to kickstart a "radical switchover in the most hostile [North Korea]-US relations".

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that "the model that we have laid forth is a rapid denuclearization, total and complete, that won't be extended over time".

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Critics said the unprecedented encounter between Kim and Trump was more style than substance, producing a document short on specifics about the key issue of Pyongyang's atomic weapons.

During his post-summit press conference, Trump admitted that he may be wrong about Kim's willingness to denuclearize.

Some more major exchanges, such as joint economic projects or infrastructure development, remain restricted by global sanctions on Pyongyang.

The North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

"I want to hear the details by phone (from Trump)".

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Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

But that language - verifiable and irreversible - was not in the joint statement signed by Mr. Trump and Kim.

"I'm going to leave the content of our discussions between the two parties, but one should heavily discount some things that are written in other places", Pompeo said.

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