Trump now says no 'time limit' to denuclearize North Korea

Pauline Gross
July 19, 2018

He said he expects his widely criticized meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin could turn out to be "an even greater success" than his efforts days earlier with NATO, particularly because Russia's willingness to "help with North Korea".

The accord did not have a timetable for the process or plan to carry it out.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his meeting with Vladimir Putin would lead to "big results", in a continuing bid to calm a storm over his failure to criticize the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the 2016 USA election. The president echoed his own statement to reporters from a day before, when he said that "we have no time limit [on denuclearization]. We have no speed limit", the USA president told reporters.

After Pompeo's visit, North Korea accused his delegation of making "gangster-like" demands in connection with denuclearization.

"The sanctions are remaining".

The apparent change of heart comes as the US' relationship with Pyongyang is "very good", and the American "hostages" are back, according to Trump.

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The comments come about a month after Trump met with Kim for a historic summit between the two leaders in Singapore. Trump had said denuclearization should start "without delay".

He said he misspoke when he dismissed allegations from the US intelligence community, stating he accepted the conclusions as he tried to quell a firestorm over his press conference with Putin.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also seems to be in favor of a fast denuclearization process.

But since then, Mr Trump has suggested that dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal could be some way off.

Pompeo said North Korea is expected to repatriate the remains in the coming weeks, . calling it "commitment" made by the North.

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