President Donald Trump claimed that "there is no longer a nuclear threat" from North Korea after arriving back in Washington from Singapore where he met with Kim Jong Un for a historic summit.
Trump landed at Andrews Air Force Base early Wednesday and fired off a series of tweets about the meeting.
"Everybody can now feel much safer," he said. "Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer."
Trump's optimism for what the summit achieved comes amid skepticism from his critics on whether he gave away too much in return for too little by agreeing to share a stage with Kim, a known human rights abuser whose regime has failed repeatedly to live up to diplomatic promises.
Trump and Kim signed a joint statement in which North Korea pledged to denuclearize, but there are few specifics on how and when that would happen. Much of the text repeated vows to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
U.S. allies Japan and South Korea were concerned that Trump agreed to halt American military exercises with South Korea, which North Korea has long claimed were invasion preparations. Japan and South Korea have large U.S. military presences in their countries.
"The U.S.-South Korea joint exercises and U.S. forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia," Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Wednesday.
Previous American presidents refused face-to-face meetings with North Korea's leadership over fears of legitimizing a totalitarian state that admitted to state-sponsored kidnapping and sent thousands of its citizens to forced labor camps.
"I did it because nuclear (security) is always No. 1 to me," Trump said during a news conference in Singapore Tuesday.
North Korea has taken no verified, concrete steps toward denuclearization.
Wednesday in Pyongyang, newspapers ran photos of Trump and Kim standing side-by-side on the world stage and touted an "epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world."
San Diego State University police are responding to a gas leak on campus, the department said in a series of alerts at about 9:20 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is scheduled Friday to tour the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility, where she will visit migrant mothers who were separated from their children.
Sentencing is scheduled Friday for a San Diego man who beat, raped and strangled a female friend after watching her have sex with another couple, then stuffed her body in a suitcase and put it out with the trash.
As the weather heats up, County Animal Services says you may see more rattlesnakes out and about. The department has already received 656 rattlesnake calls since the beginning of the year, 100 more than last year at this time. Some 30 calls came in since last Wednesday.
A bleeding, gravely injured man banged on the door of a Lemon Grove home in an apparent last-gasp plea for help, and his death a short time later prompted sheriff's deputies to launch a homicide investigation, authorities said Friday.
High pressure over Northern Mexico will warm temperatures Friday. Coastal areas cooler due to weak onshore flow. Excessive heat warning in effect for San Diego County deserts through Friday evening.
Two dogs attacked a woman and her toddler son on an East County roadside Thursday, leaving them seriously injured, authorities said.
Come into Battle Axe and you are sure to learn a thing or two. The "axperts" will teach you two-handed throws and a little humility.