Questions Remain After The Historic North Korean Summit

14 June, 2018, 07:51 | Author: Kim Reid
  • A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers a Korean War soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu North Korea

Pompeo is expected to give a more detailed account of the first-ever U.S.

In their joint statement, the two leaders promised to "build a lasting and stable peace regime" on the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, "President Trump declared that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, insisting "everybody can now feel much safer" " (BBC News).

GORDON: Well, first off, he said it wasn't entirely clear when they were going to meet with the North again, but he hoped it would be soon.

North Korean seafood - a lucrative specialty export - is already beginning to appear in Chinese markets, and Chinese firms are reportedly beginning to re-employ North Korean laborers, said Sue Mi Terry, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and Korea specialist. He said negotiations would recommence "in the next week or so".

"All I can say is they want to make a deal", he added. "We're prepared to execute this once we're in a position that we can actually get to a place where we can do it". South Korea's presidential office has said it's trying to discern Trump's meaning and intent, but also that the allies should explore various ways to "further facilitate" dialogue with the North.

Trump assailed media skeptics of his agreement with Kim.

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Pompeo, who has twice met Kim, insisted Monday that Trump is fully prepared for his meeting with the North Korean leader. The North Korean news agency KCNA said the meeting signalled "a changed era" in bilateral ties with Washington.

"My understanding is that Trump said that to enhance a momentum of dialogue between South Korea and North Korea", Kang said told reporters. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency.

Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in the DPRK, no detail of nuclear reduction, the peace treaty and human rights.

In marked contrast to the recent conciliatory mood, North Korea a year ago tested its largest-ever nuclear explosive device and launched two ballistic missiles over Japan.

A key Trump ally, Republican Senator Tom Cotton, appeared to acknowledge the success of North Korea's model in an interview after the summit concluded.

If they do not exercise together while the North maintains its outsize and stable conventional forces, they will lose combat capability relative to the North. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" The United States also showed the North Koreans a movie trailer-style video of what the country could be in the future-which culminated in the president speculating about hotels and condos being built on the country's "great" beaches.

He said he didn't want to get into the internal discussions of how the decision was made, but he stressed that President Trump told Kim Jong Un that the USA would put the exercises back on if it determined that the North wasn't serious in these negotiations that are about to ensue. North Korea, which sees the exercises as invasion rehearsals, last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday, and will then head to China to continue the briefing process. Really? That's the oldest trick in the book - stall and when the United States says it will resume exercises, cry foul and blame the United States for the blowup.

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North Korea has regularly signed denuclearisation agreements since 1992, only to continue to develop nuclear weapons in secret. Mr Trump said he urged Mr Kim and other North Korean officials to watch the four-minute video during the Singapore summit.

"What is important is not just the issue was raised", Hagiuda told reporters after meeting with Abe.

"He was unambiguous about that", Pompeo said.

After almost five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim on Tuesday, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and the United States agreed to "provide security guarantees".

China has advocated North Korea should denuclearize in gradual stages, with reciprocal steps from the U.S. And pausing military exercises is exactly the kind of reciprocal move China has pushed the take in the past. Any hint of a USA pullout in the region will prompt serious concerns in Japan. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) introduced an amendment on Wednesday to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act that would "help prevent the president from making a rash decision about troop reductions on the Korean Peninsula that would harm our national security".

In the run-up to Tuesday's historic face-to-face with Kim, Trump had appeared unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader accused by the USA of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and presiding over a notorious gulag estimated to hold 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners.

The August exercise, named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, has always been scheduled and final planning with several nations' military forces is well underway.

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