President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat to the world.
His optimistic assessment of the summit with Kim Jong-un was welcomed by the world as many countries lowered their military readiness since no possibility of a nuclear stand-off exists now.
Trump announced the big news in a pair of tweets as he arrived back in Washington from Singapore, where he met with Kim for the first-ever talks between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean ruler, CNN reported.
“Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump tweeted. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea,” he wrote in a second tweet. “President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer – sleep well tonight!”
The summit on Tuesday was finalized by the signing of a brief document committing the U.S. to unspecified security guarantees for North Korea in exchange for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Although the exact terms of that agreement remain unspecified, Trump announced that the U.S. would stop with the joint military exercises with South Korea that Pyongyang has long claimed are essentially rehearsals for an eventual invasion of the North.
However, questions are roaming about how comprehensive the agreement is and how much ground the U.S. may be ceding to the North. Democrats say that the document signed on Tuesday shows no details beyond a stated commitment to denuclearize, adding that North Korea has made such a promise many times before, but has repeatedly failed to carry out.