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The Latest: Trump tweets NKorea no longer nuclear threat

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):

6:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump says on Twitter, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," as he returns to the United States after his historic summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump says on Twitter that "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office."

He says before he took office, "people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea," and President Barack Obama said North Korea was the nation's biggest problem.

Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed. Independent experts estimate North Korea now has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs, and it has tested missiles that could potentially deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S. mainland.

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5:37 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived back in Washington from his historic nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews early Wednesday morning, completing the president's marathon trip to Asia for talks with the North Korean leader. The president made refueling stops in Guam and Hawaii on his return to Washington.

While his aircraft refueled in Hawaii, Trump thanked Kim for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people," saying their summit on Tuesday "proves that real change is possible!"

During his return, Trump spoke with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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6:25 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed at Osan Air Base south of Seoul ahead of meetings with America's allies in the aftermath of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He's expected to meet privately in the evening with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. Pompeo, the former CIA director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.

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5:05 p.m.

Russia is welcoming the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says "one can only welcome the fact that such a meeting took place and that direct dialogue was begun."

Peskov tells reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that the meeting helps de-escalate tensions and push the situation away "from the critical point where it was just a few months ago."

Peskov says the meeting confirms Russian President Vladimir Putin's view that "there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means in solving the problem of the Korean Peninsula."

Peskov adds, however, that given how complicated the situation is around North Korea, the Kremlin isn't expecting a quick resolution.

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3:20 p.m.

A spokesman of South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Washington and Seoul need to consider a "variety of ways to further facilitate dialogue" while they are engaged in nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang.

Kim Eui-kyeom made the comments on Wednesday when asked to respond to President Donald Trump, who following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that the United States and South Korea should stop their joint military exercises "as long as we are negotiating in good faith."

Kim, Moon's spokesman, says Seoul is still trying to figure out the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments.

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10:50 a.m.

The U.S. top diplomat is jetting to South Korea to brief the country's president as Asian allies try to parse the implications of the extraordinary nuclear summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

South Korea's presidential office says U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in Thursday morning to discuss the meeting, which made history as the first between sitting leaders of the U.S. and North Korea.

Trump and Kim reached a broad agreement that offered few specifics but included promises of U.S. security guarantees and a reiteration from Kim of his country's commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Trump however seems to have caught allies off guard by saying he would stop U.S.-South Korean war games.

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