US seeks to assuage Asian allies after North Korea summit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, listen to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha duri

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a photo during a bilateral meeting at the presidential Bl

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, center, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono li

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, attends a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, second from right, and Japanese Forei

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha list

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, poses with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for a photo during a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Seoul,

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at Foreign Ministry in

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a bilateral meeting at the presiden

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, center, speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono li

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and its Asian allies are working to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump's concession to Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump's top diplomat insisting the president hadn't backed down from his firm line on North Korea's nukes.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting with top South Korean and Japanese diplomats Thursday, put a more sober spin on several moves by Trump after his summit with Kim that had fueled unease from Washington to Tokyo and Seoul.

He said Trump's curious claim that the North's nuclear threat was over was issued with "eyes wide open," and brushed off a North Korean state-run media report suggesting Trump would grant concessions even before Pyongyang fully rids itself of nuclear weapons.