"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea (the DPRK)".
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes the contacts between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which reduce tensions and provide a basis for a full-fledged settlement of the Korean issue.
Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world".
In a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim at the historic summit, the leaders pledged to work toward "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, falling short of specifying the plan and timeframe of the denuclearization process.
The secretary of state dismissed a report by North Korean state media that Mr Trump and Mr Kim had agreed to a "step-by-step" process of nuclear dismantling.
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The history-making handshake came after a flurry of diplomatic overtures that eased tension between the USA and North Korea.
Pompeo's comments came after North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Trump had agreed to a "step-by-step" process, suggesting that North Korea would gain concessions from the USA at the same time. Pompeo said Thursday that the White House is looking for "major disarmament" within Mr. Trump's first term, which leaves two and a half years.
He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills.
Most Western observers have said the deal includes no new commitments from North Korea nor details on how denuclearisation could be achieved or verified.
But, he added, "we have made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearisation, the complete denuclearisation of North Korea".
Kirby said the appropriate thing for Trump to do in that situation would have been to nod his head and shake the general's hand.
Observers expect a visit by a North Korean official to Beijing soon, as the traditional allies will want to consult going forward.