U.S. President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", a dubious claim following his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that produced no guarantees on how and when Pyongyang would disarm.
"A long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump simpered.
With a handshake that lasted for about 13 seconds, North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scripted history during the first-ever and much-awaited meeting between the two countries.
"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued.
Japan is ready to help shoulder some of the initial costs of North Korea's denuclearisation - but only after the IAEA restarts inspections, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" 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.
Kim Yong-hwa, another defector, who is part of group that uses the ocean current to send rice to the impoverished North, had also come to believe that Trump was committed to end Kim's repressive rule.
China has repeatedly called for a "freeze-for-freeze" or "dual suspension" initiative, in North Korea suspends its nuclear program in exchange for the US and South Korea to suspend their joint military exercises in the region. The totalitarian state also restricts travel, prohibits outside information, strictly controls the media, and brutally suppresses dissent by imprisoning over 100,000 people in political prison camps, and possibly subjecting them to torture, rape, murder, according to a 2014 United Nations report that recommended the leadership in North Korea be prosecuted for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. "By the way, Korean stuffed cucumber is stuffed with Koreans - Kim is a monster".
First, Trump acknowledged that human rights was not a major topic during the meeting, saying it "was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization". In fact, the Chinese foreign ministry hinted before Trump's press conference that it knew about the president's decision in advance. His focus on diplomacy, including earlier meetings with the leaders of China and South Korea, is a sharp contrast with his rapid-fire testing of long-range missiles and the fiery exchanges of threats and insults a year ago that created real fears of a war on the divided peninsula.
Pompeo was scheduled to travel next to Beijing before returning to Washington.
Trump said the negotiations he has initiated should help improve conditions in the isolated country, which successive USA administrations have targeted for gross human rights violations.
Jimmy Kimmel compared the "scary meeting" to "the time Scooby-Doo met the Harlem Globetrotters" and said that usually when Trump signs an agreement with a foreigner it's a prenup.
Ultimately, that may end up being the only option that the USA has short of war.
But some argue North Korea didn't go any further than previous promises.
President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone with Mr Trump for 20 minutes late on Tuesday, but an official readout of the call made no mention of military exercises, according to Reuters. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.
There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.