Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump's North Korea summit

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 13, 2018

Along with establishing himself as an equal and reinventing his persona overseas as a "normal" leader of a "normal" nation - he even took a selfie with Singapore's foreign minister that was posted on Twitter, which like all other social media is banned in the North - Kim's primary objective at the summit was to undermine support for global trade sanctions that have long hindered his plans to develop North Korea's economy. The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Kim on Tuesday.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that Trump "agreed to forgo joint exercises with the South Koreans, which has been a bulwark of our defense policy for decades, without significant concessions like a concrete timeline for denuclearization from the other side".

Just after its start, both men walked toward each other from opposite ends of a colonnade, pausing before a row of alternating US and North Korean flags for a lengthy handshake as cameras flashed and video and photos were beamed around the world.

The document also refers to the repatriation of the remains of prisoners of war and those killed in conflict, but makes no specific reference to people abducted by North Korea.

Even as Pompeo staunchly defended the summit results, he was less exuberant than Trump, who tweeted on his return to the United States on Monday morning: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office".

He also praised Kim Jong Un as a "very talented" leader of North Korea who "ran it tough" after a historic summit in Singapore between the two men.

North Korea typically heavily censors its local and foreign content, with events often not being reported until several days after, if at all.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

Some credit Trump's tough line on North Korea, amounting to nuclear brinkmanship, for bringing Kim to the negotiating table and potentially solving the problem of a nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

Trump's comment that the threat was now over was unlikely to provide relief to Japan and South Korea, both home to large USA military presences, as both expressed concerns over his decision to halt the military exercises, which Pyongyang has long claimed are preparations for an invasion. The hostages are back home with their families.

Trump has said he'll know within minutes whether a deal can be made to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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The decision to publish extensive coverage of the summit seems to reflect North Korea's desire to portray itself to citizens as a player on the global stage, and is considered by some to be a propaganda coup.

Describing the war games as very provocative and a drain on the economy, Trump has said that the United States is not going to play war games: its military exercise with South Korea.

Ms Hanham also said the USA and North Korea "still don't agree on what "de-nuclearisation" means".

When asked whether Trump was jumping the gun by declaring victory, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters: "This president wants North Korea to completely denuclearize so obviously that has to be complete, verifiable and irreversible". -South Korea military exercises.

"Not all of that work appeared in the final document", said Pompeo, who travelled to South Korea after the Singapore summit to brief officials there on the outcome.

It may not have been the focus of the summit, but Korean War vets and their families were hoping the issue would come up.

"I think it's gonna be really successful, and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt", Trump said.

The report also mentioned that Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang while Trump invited him to Washington and said both accepted the other's invitation as "another important occasion for improved relations".

Now "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea", Trump wrote, adding that the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "an interesting and very positive experience".

The liberal Hankook Ilbo newspaper marveled that the US president didn't shake hands in the usual "Trump way" of domineering his counterpart. "The secretary is in full alignment with the president to meet his goal, which is denuclearization of the peninsula", Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said.

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