Trump barely returned from his first meeting with Kim in June when he declared the challenge posed by North Korea had been solved, setting off alarms with allies.
"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office," the president tweeted. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea."
Trump's assertion has been blasted by Democrats and Republicans as flatly wrong. North Korea has not given up any of its nuclear weapons. Kim has not disclosed the extent of his nuclear program – a first step toward setting the terms of denuclearization.
Kim has at least 10 to 20 nuclear weapons and the ability to build dozens more, according to the Arms Control Association, a non-partisan think tank. In late 2017, North Korea tested its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which theoretically could reach anywhere in the United States.
"There is still a North Korean nuclear weapons threat," said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association. "The job of reducing and eliminating the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is not nearly done."
Perhaps more challenging for Trump: There’s little indication Kim wants to relinquish his current weapons. Intelligence officials within Trump's own administration said this year that Kim views his nuclear arsenal as critical to survival.
"We continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization steps to obtain key U.S. and international concessions," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers in January.