U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in here to discuss the outcome of the historic summit between USA president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.
On his return to Washington, Trump had also decleared that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to America.
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But details on what form those promises would take were sparse, with critics noting the lack of a timeline for when North Korea will begin dismantling its nuclear programme. Washington and Pyongyang now have no formal diplomatic relationship, and North Korea is still technically at war with South Korea, a key US ally.
"North Korea is a real and present threat".
This has been taken to indicate that the U.S. would grant concessions to Pyongyang along the way. The reclusive regime in Pyongyang has long craved worldwide legitimacy, and has played up the summit as a major victory for Kim, with state media calling it the "meeting of the century".
In the military, returning a salute from a military officer of a friendly foreign nation is common practice for US military officers and considered a display of military professionalism.
US officials said it was unclear what types of training involving USA and South Korean troops might cross into Trump's now forbidden zone of "war games".
North Korea's official media celebrated the major concessions gained from the United States and hailed the summit as a great success.
Trump said Tuesday he discussed the abductee issue with Kim, but it was not mentioned in the document signed by the two leaders. "We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2-1/2 years", he said. "However, the president has not ignored the bad things that have been done by the North Korean regime".
"The world should rest assured that the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan remain committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea".
Scalise has concerns about whether, after years of saber rattling, denuclearization will actually happen, he said early Tuesday.