Pompeo Sees North Korean Denuclearization in Trump's First Term

Galtero Lara
Junio 13, 2018

North Korean state media highlighted President Donald Trump's concessions on war games, while lauding the Singapore summit with their leader Kim Jong Un and the USA president, Reuters reported Tuesday.

But in characteristically bullish tweets, Trump said everyone "can now feel much safer than the day I took office" and people could "sleep well tonight!"

By claiming that the North Korean nuclear threat has disappeared, Trump also risks weakening the USA negotiating position in talks on denuclearization that were mandated by the summit and will be led from the U.S. side by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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 USA agreed to "provide security guarantees". USA defense analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the U.S.

On 12 June President Trump announced the U.S. would stop its war games with South Korea in a concession made to Kim Jong-un after the two held direct talks in Singapore.

He said many in the media were hoping that the talks would "blow up" and that Kim Jong would "humiliate and embarrass Trump".

North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.

The Trump administration has called for complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) on the Korean Peninsula, while Tuesday's joint statement mentioned only of a commitment "to work towards complete denuclearization".

It says the sides "commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity". Jung said Trump led the group to believe that he would confront the leadership in Pyongyang about the widespread abuses in the country.

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In the U.S., supporters of President Trump welcomed the outcomes of the summit as a historic breakthrough.

Trump and Kim were returning to their respective strongholds following the talks - but to far different receptions.

How will this change relations between the United States and South Korea, particularly the presence of U.S. troops?

Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will meet Thursday with senior South Korean and Japanese leaders to brief them on the June 12 summit before continuing on to Beijing. Pompeo told reporters that the language used in the document encompassed those demands, even though they weren't spelled out.

A suite on the 20th floor of St. Regis Hotel, where Kim is staying, costs more than 13,000 Singaporean dollars a night.

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said.

The paper also reported that Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump "gladly accepted each other's invitation" to visit Pyongyang and Washington, respectively, in follow-up meetings from the denuclearization summit. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it was consulting with the White House and others, but was silent on whether the August exercise would proceed. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Many lawmakers from both parties, while unready to declare the summit a diplomatic victory or defeat, remained skeptical the US could successfully negotiate a deal toward peace with Kim - but are letting the process play out. There's a credible argument that hostility between the United States and North Korea has hardened into habit, with both sides locked into inherited animosity that only made matters worse.

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