Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Trump And Kim Jong Un Share Historic Handshake

Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump
Kenny Thornton | 13 June, 2018, 23:17

South Korean army's K-9 self-propelled howitzers take positions during an annual exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, June 11, 2018.

Responding to the barrage of criticism in Seoul a day after Trump met Kim in Singapore, Pompeo said he "most definitively" expected to see nuclear disarmament before Trump's current term ends on January 20, 2021.

Introduced for the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the provision would stop a withdraw "unless the U.S. Secretary of Defense certifies it is in our national security interest and would not significantly undermine the security of our allies in the region".

He said that he would welcome Kim to the White House for a future meeting, and said that he believes that this summit changes the relationship that North Korea has with the U.S. North Korea also a year ago detonated a purported thermonuclear warhead and flight-tested three developmental ICBMs that demonstrated potential range to reach mainland American cities.

"While I am glad the president and Kim Jong Un were able to meet, it is hard to determine what of concrete nature has occurred", said Sen.

"But we will be stopping the war games".

Tempering Trump's very upbeat assessment, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, cautioned that the US would resume "war games" with close ally South Korea if the North stops negotiating in good faith.

The Singapore agreement does not detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the USA and the North continue.

Speaking about the large U.S. military contingent based in South Korea, the president said that he would ideally "like to bring them home, but that's not part of the equation right now".

Viping Narang, associate professor of political science at MIT and an expert on nuclear proliferation, said North Korea has committed to denuclearization for 25 years, citing the 1993 deal with the U.S.

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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".

The pair are set to meet until early afternoon, when it is hoped that they will present a joint agreement including steps for the North's abandonment of nuclear weapons. Pompeo was slated to fly on to Beijing later Thursday. "Triumphant moment for Kim and North Korea that will become fodder for art, posters, stamps", tweeted Jean H. Lee, director of the Korea Center at the Wilson Center.

He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills.

Here's a look at reactions to the summit as people watched events unfold.

The document the two leaders signed did not include details of how and when North Korea would denuclearize, nor did it spell out exactly what "security guarantees" the United States would provide to North Korea.

Trump declared he and Kim had developed "a very special bond", and Kim said the leaders had "decided to leave the past behind" and promised, "The world will see a major change". The next scheduled major joint South Korean exercise, which typically involves tens of thousands of troops, is normally held in August.

The Pentagon said Tuesday it was consulting with the White House and others, but was silent on whether the August exercise would proceed. That leads to further concerns that Trump may make further frivolous concessions in a bid to gain quick results simply out of political motives.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S. He said North Korea is likely to consider Trump's decision a temporary measure while it remains in negotiations with Washington.

US and North Korean officials huddled throughout Monday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

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