Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

"With getting strong support from Mr. Trump, (Japan) is determined to settle the issue" through direct negotiations with North Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Wednesday. He insisted that Trump had been explicit about the sequencing from the start.

He said he was confident that the North Koreans "understand what we're prepared to do, [the] handful of things we're not likely to do". "Only then will there be relief from the sanctions".

Trump's announcement minutes after the summit's conclusion that he would halt the "provocative" joint military drills were a shock to South Korea and caught much of the USA military off guard, too.

"Pyongyang will read this as a concession that its nuclear and missile advancements purchased weaker language on denuclearization, " Mount said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, centre, and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono attend a joint news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul.

The summit statement provided no details on when North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program or how the dismantling might be verified. "By the way, Korean stuffed cucumber is stuffed with Koreans - Kim is a monster".

The presentation bemused those of us packed into the press hall - we thought at first it was North Korean propaganda.

Trump had also wanted a commitment to ending the Korean War, which was stopped by an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

Mr Trump's political supporters back home may well agree.

If North Korea's illegal nuclear program forced the US military to stop training with its ally, then it sends a powerful message to leaders everywhere: The US can be blackmailed with nukes.

"It's freaky but it might be that Kim Jong-un's interests and Donald Trump's interests align". He said the USA was hopeful North Korea would take "major" disarmament steps before the end of Trump's first term in office, which concludes in January 2021.

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".

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Jang-ho, like you said, the two leaders' meeting is still making the headlines around the world.

Irrelevant, Pompeo argued Thursday in Seoul, noting that because the deal makes reference to a previous agreement that did include verification, it automatically "incorporates" verification without having to state it outright.

Even while buckling under the USA administration's "maximum pressure" policy of energetic sanctions expansion and implementation - a policy that is now dead in the water after the summit - Kim was able to complete a sufficiently credible nuclear deterrent to force the United States to the negotiating table.

Where will the Singapore summit lead the US?

Trump said not only was a pullout not discussed, the USA "is not drawing down at all".

Before the talks with Pompeo, Moon on Thursday hailed the summit as a great success.

Former South Korean foreign minister Yoon Young Kwan said Mr Trump's negotiation appears "very different" from past talks between the two countries because it's the first time a sitting U.S. president has taken a primarily political approach to the issue.

Pompeo rejected the suggestion that Trump's Pollyannaish assertion was premature. The president also criticized the other G-7 countries as taking advantage of the U.S. -South Korean military exercises - long a demand of China and North Korea, and until this week a non-starter for Washington - without apparently consulting South Korea or the Pentagon.

"It's going to be a lot different than it was in the past", Trump concurred.

Japan formally lists 17 citizens as abduction victims and suspects North Korea is involved in many more disappearances. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" Pompeo did say he hoped to achieve "major disarmament" during Trump's first term, or in the next two and a half years.

President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

Still, there were signs as Pompeo met later with the top Japanese and South Korean diplomats that concerns about the freeze had not been fully resolved.

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