Pompeo says North Korea understands denuclearization must be verifiable

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The summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump did come to a close yesterday, but it still remains the hot topic around the world.

On Wednesday, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Kim made no reference to North Korea's long-held position on the issue of its past abductions of Japanese citizens during his summit with President Trump.

When asked why the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" weren't included in the statement - words that form part of a State Department policy of "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, before lifting sanctions on North Korea - Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous".

Kim reportedly responded by saying he wanted to iron out differences with Japan in a private meeting with its leader, after he pledged to work toward ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

After seeing a clip of the rant, Mr Trump tweeted: "I watched him last night, and truly believe he may be punch-drunk".

He also included a Trumpian jab, comparing US journalists to the state-run press in North Korea. The presidential center of the former Republican president George W Bush has been tweeting about North Korea's abuses, giving a clear indication of how he views the matter.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade worldwide inspections.

Jang-ho, like you said, the two leaders' meeting is still making the headlines around the world.

Kim Jong-Un, left, inspects the ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in North Korea.

"Trump has pursued what he calls a "maximum pressure" campaign" against Pyongyang to force it to give up its nuclear weapons.

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", Trump wrote, even though North Korea has yet to give up any of its fissile material, estimated by independent experts to be enough for between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs.

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year", the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a summary of the meeting.

"Everybody wants to get out of North Korea".

China is set to overtake the USA as the world's dominant power within the coming decades.

The President also added that North Korea's promise to complete denuclearization "will be verified", though the document the two leaders signed did not lay out details of that process.

Trump also said that his meeting with Kim was an "interesting and very positive experience" and that "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

Former South Korean foreign minister Yoon Young Kwan said Mr Trump's negotiation appears "very different" from past talks between the two countries because it's the first time a sitting U.S. president has taken a primarily political approach to the issue.

Without his nuclear arsenal, Kim wouldn't have been even able to sit down and negotiate with Trump, according to Cotton, a member of the armed service committee who backed the president's efforts in Singapore. He pointed out that the statement makes reference to a previous agreement that did mention verification, and argued that as a result, the Trump-Kim statement automatically "incorporates" verification without having to state it outright. "He's clearly executing people", Baier said. The exercises are meant to ensure that South Korean and US troops are ready to respond to sudden North Korean aggression.

Still, there were signs as Pompeo met later with the top Japanese and South Korean diplomats that concerns about the freeze had not been fully resolved.

The Trump administration is set to cancel the next joint military exercise on the Korean Peninsula scheduled for August, a report said on Wednesday.

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