China wants UN Security Council to lift sanctions on North Korea

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

Trump's comment on suspending joint exercises with Seoul have caught South Korea's Defense Ministry and USA forces in Korea off guard.

"In coordination with our ROK (South Korean) partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)", the statement concluded. "But we're giving him a chance to survive again after we did so with Kim Jong-il", wrote another, referring to previous peace overtures to the North Korean leader's father.

In the summit agreement, Kim and Trump affirmed their commitment to "complete" denuclearization, falling short of the U.S.'s longtime demand for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

This logical sequence of the Sino-Russian roadmap is based on what South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed with Kim Jong-un at the inter-Korean summit last April. "I think the summit talk is very important because we are really covering a lot of people". "Instead, I think they should be continued, even on a smaller scale, for the sake of the alliance". Number one, we save money.

"I offer my heartfelt congratulations and welcome the success of the historic North Korea-United States summit", Mr Moon said in a statement.

Trump also said he hopes the thaw in relations with North Korea will eventually allow him to withdraw US troops from the peninsula.

Trump's remarks contradicted decades of assertions by USA administrations that military exercises in South Korea are defensive and essential to ensuring that allied forces are ready at a moment's notice to fight the North.

North Korea has regularly signed denuclearisation agreements since 1992, only to continue to develop nuclear weapons in secret. "South and North Korea agreed to actively seek the support and cooperation of the worldwide community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

While most of the agreements confirmed to have come out of the Trump-Kim summit were pretty straightforward, advancing on the already discussed denuclearization, the meeting also ended with an announcement that the USA will suspend all joint military exercises with South Korea.

Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said the penalties imposed by the Security Council should be adjusted if the regime abides by United Nations resolutions and makes progress in diplomatic negotiations, the Associated Press reported.

Critics have said the agreement does not go almost far enough or hold significant weight. On Tuesday, South Korea gave approval to open talks for exchange students between Seoul National University and the North's prestigious Kim Il Sung University. "This is even thinner than most skeptics anticipated". "I want to hear the details by phone [from Trump]. This looks pretty generic".

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