WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says on Twitter, “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,” as he returns to the United States after his historic summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump says on Twitter that “everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office.”
He says before he took office, “people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea,” and President Barack Obama said North Korea was the nation’s biggest problem.
Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed.
Independent experts estimate North Korea now has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs, and it has tested missiles that could potentially deliver a nuclear weapon to the US mainland.
Trump has arrived back in Washington from his historic nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews early Wednesday morning, completing the president’s marathon trip to Asia for talks with the North Korean leader. The president made refueling stops in Guam and Hawaii on his return to Washington.
While his aircraft refueled in Hawaii, Trump thanked Kim for “taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people,” saying their summit on Tuesday “proves that real change is possible!”
During his return, Trump spoke with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed at Osan Air Base south of Seoul ahead of meetings with America’s allies in the aftermath of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He’s expected to meet privately in the evening with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of US Forces Korea.
Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart.
Pompeo, the former CIA director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.
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