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North Korea relations: 'The only dialogue that matters'

14 June 2018, 10:02 | Erica Roy

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Donald Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat: ‘sleep well!’

Trump agreed to halt U.S.

The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take USA allies in the region by surprise.

America's biggest enemy is "fake news". North Korea is a real and present threat. It did not include an explicit reference to "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" - something Pompeo had earlier insisted was the minimum condition for a deal.

Now that's frankly ludicrous.

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, criticised the document as "unsubstantial" and said Mr Trump and Mr Kim instead should have signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Chinese state media described the summit as a "starting point" but said "no-one would expect the half-day summit to be able to iron out all differences and remove deep-seated mistrust between the two long-time foes".

But it was a document vague in detail and lacking a time frame. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., would prevent Trump from withdrawing troops from South Korea unless the secretary of defense says it's in the interest of national security and that it would not undermine the security of allies in the region.

In public, at least, South Korea's leader sought to put a positive spin on the summit's outcome. Forty percent say the former real estate developer should take the most credit, followed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in with 11 percent.

The person added that it was still unclear whether Abe would attend the conference in Vladivostok in September, when his ruling Liberal Democratic Party is due hold a leadership race.

While Trump claimed a historic breakthrough at the most significant diplomatic event of his presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was more measured. Lindsey Graham might believe that such a conflict would be no big deal since it would be "over there", but that would offer cold comfort to South Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese, whose nations could end up battle zones-as well as North Koreans-who should not be needlessly sacrificed due to their government's policies.

And Pompeo will have to assuage concerns in Japan, too. That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.


"It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated".

Trump has defended the agreement as a major step in dealing with the threat of nuclear-armed North Korea and said he believed Kim's government would start the process of living up to the agreement right away.

Pompeo also has to sort out exactly what the agreement entails.

The mercurial Trump could also quickly shift his approach if he determines sufficient progress isn't being made.

In a joint declaration following their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the North Korean leader pledged to move toward complete denuclearization of the peninsula and Trump vowed to guarantee the security of the United States' old foe.

On Twitter, in letters and in person with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday, Donald Trump made clear his belief that the fate of North Korea hinges on a personal relationship between the two men.

Trump, who said this week that North Korea's nuclear program is "very substantial, " has also softened his rhetoric - suspending military exercises and scaling back his demands for what North Korea must do to receive relief from sanctions.

The sanctions regime that has placed unprecedented restrictions on the North Korean economy is now likely to slip.

"It would be sort of freakish because Guam doesn't look like North Korea".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo angrily dismissed those concerns, saying that the language used in the agreement encompassed US demands, even though they weren't spelled out, and predicting that significant progress on denuclearization will be made by 2021.



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