Trump misrepresents North Korea nuclear agreement

Trump misrepresents North Korea nuclear agreement

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 12:  In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea
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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 12:  In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea's nuclear programme. (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images)

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump offered a misleading characterization of his deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursday, insisting the rogue nation had agreed to begin "total denuclearization" right away.

In reality, the document he signed with Kim only reiterated North Korea's previous commitment to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Sitting in the Cabinet Room next to Defense Secretary James Mattis, Trump insisted the document read: "We will immediately begin total denuclearization of North Korea."

Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US
Kim Jong Un ends visit to China with a message for the US

He also said North Korea had begun destroying test sites.

But only Wednesday, Mattis said he was "not aware" of any indications that North Korea had taken concrete steps to dismantle any more of its infrastructure for the launching of ballistic missiles or any additional steps to fully denuclearize following the June 12 summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim .

"Obviously, we are at the very front end of the process, the detailed negotiations have not begun," Mattis told reporters on Wednesday. "I wouldn't expect that at this point."


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