'Donald Trump moved on Sunday to dampen heightened expectations of a rapid nuclear deal with North Korea, saying that the crisis was far from conclusion.
Excitement at the prospect of an end to tensions with the nuclear-armed state have risen ever since Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader.
On Saturday, Pyongyang announced it was suspending weapons tests and closing its nuclear testing site.
But a day later the American president sounded an uncharacteristic note of caution on Twitter.
....We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won’t - only time will tell....But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2018
It was a marked turnaround from his earlier claim of victory.
“Wow, we haven’t given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearisation (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing,” was his immediate response.
In fact, Kim’s announcement – read on television by North Korea’s state news agency - did not include a promise to rid his country of existing nuclear weapons and analysts remain doubtful that he would ever give up the missiles that he believes guarantee the survival of his regime.'
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