President Trump Slams Mainstream Media Over N. Korea Summit Coverage

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North Korea agreed to send home US war remains during the June 12 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. And this declaration specifically cites North Korea's nuclear weapons as the reason for the emergency and as a direct threat to United States national security.

It does sound that way, but the U.S. has had a "national emergency" in place with regard to North Korea since 2008.

Japan welcomed the summit as a first step towards the denuclearisation of North Korea, but also said the U.S.

"Yes. I think that I've had a very good relationship, we have a good chemistry together.and I really believe he's.looking to do the right thing", Trump said.

That appears to be reflected even in the vague deal Trump and Kim signed June 12; in suspending what he called "war games", Trump agreed to something that looked an bad lot like the "freeze-for-freeze" proposal China has been pushing - and the USA has consistently dismissed.

New U.S. Indo-Pacific military commander (INDOPACOM) Adm Phillip Davidson (L) meets with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Thursday.

In an executive order, the president extended for one year the so-called "national emergency" with respect to the nuclear-armed nation, re-authorizing economic restrictions against it. "Detailed negotiations have not begun".

"It actually creates incredible inverse incentives to reduce the size and estimation of the problem", said Rebecca Hersman, the director of the Project on Nuclear Issues and an global security adviser to the Center for Strategic and worldwide Studies in Washington, during a Singapore summit assessment forum this week. He told reporters at the White House on Thursday that North Korea was blowing up its engine site and already destroyed "four of their big test sites".

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During an interview with conservative pundit Mike Huckabee, the president touted his efforts to convince Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear test sites.

However North Korean state media has reported that Mr Trump agreed to "lift sanctions" as relations progress.

The imposed sanctions came following the cancelation of training exercises held between South Korea and the US.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Duluth, Minn.

The Freedom Guardian exercises had been set for August.

Pompeo told the same Cabinet meeting Kim had made a personal commitment, and added: "He has got his reputation on the line".

Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started a year ago when North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said yesterday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang.

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