Saturday, 23 June, 2018

How anti-Trump hysteria helps the president on North Korea

Donald Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat: ‘sleep well!’ North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings own toilet to Singapore summit
Kenny Thornton | 14 June, 2018, 10:04

That stood in contrast to the Trump administration's insistence that no sanctions relief will come until North Korea jettisons its entire nuclear program. The likelihood of Trump launching a first strike against North Korea, thus setting South Korea, where more than 100,000 Americans live and/or work, ablaze and risking a strike against population centers in the US, was similarly low.

The traditional US calendar for other major drills would not pick up again until next spring, officials say.

"We save a fortune by not doing war games", Trump tweeted Wednesday, "as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!"

"Major disarmament... We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and half years", he said, adding that there is "a lot of work left to do".

Pompeo will then travel to Beijing, North Korea's main diplomatic ally. He said that the concepts were encompassed within the word "complete".

He said Kim affirmed an "unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in a signed document.

"Following this historic summit, I remain sceptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress", Portman said in a statement.

"But don't say silly things", he said.

The president described the summit as a starting point, and the United States concessions as innocuous. But the document lacked specifics on the timeline or nature of denuclearization.

South and North Korea are holding their first high-level military talks in more than 10 years Thursday to discuss ways to ease cross-border tensions.

But others were sharply critical, claiming it appeared Mr. Trump offered the freeze in joint military drills without first securing full buy-in from South Korea.

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A White House National Security Council official said some types of training would continue even after Trump's announcement.

Most experts assess that the North Korean leader got the better deal at the summit.

And Pompeo will have to assuage concerns in Japan, too.

Trump has already spoken of his willingness to concede on all major points of interest to the North Koreans- as DPRK state-run media highlighted in their coverage of the summit on Wednesday- but has not detailed his own red lines, what he refuses to give up, and what exactly he expects of the North Koreans.

Abe spoke by phone with Trump after the one-day summit in Singapore that mostly centered on discussions of how to denuclearize North Korea.

Trump pledged to work on the issue, but the Singapore agreement included no language on the return of abductees.

Japan is expected to contribute towards the costs of North Korea's denuclearisation but only after the International Atomic Energy Agency restarts inspections, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Trump and Kim have committed to denuclearisation of the entire Korean Peninsula".

Trump's Tuesday meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un produced a wave of United States concessions in exchange for vague, nonbinding promises from North Korea.

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.

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.

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