Kim expressed readiness at Trump summit to meet with Abe: Japanese official

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

Questions about perceived gaps in the joint statement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un are "insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Wednesday in Seoul, where he is briefing South Korea on Tuesday's U.S.

North Korean state press played up its triumphant takeaways from the summit, including what it said was an agreement to gradually ease economic sanctions on Pyongyang and for both sides to simultaneously take steps to denuclearize the peninsula.

While Mr Trump has confirmed Mr Kim has agreed to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it was only briefly referenced twice in the article. Officials in China and Russian Federation have called for sanctions relief to be considered, while South Korea has been aggressively pursuing a rapprochement with North Korea. "Only then will there be relief from the sanctions".

The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un was historic in that it presented a potent optic of peace and diplomacy between two leaders who'd traded nuclear threats just a year ago.

Trump, angered by the presses attacks against a summit that accomplished nothing other than to give concessions to North Korea, was poised to go on the offensive.

The deal Trump made with North Korea could end up fundamentally changing the state of relations between the U.S. and North Korea, but many critics point out that it lacks a specific outline for how Pyongyang will denuclearize.

The secretary of state also said "there will be in-depth verification" of the denuclearization process, rebuffing critics of the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim that was light on details relative to timeline, process and verification of North Korea's disarmament.

"There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit", Moon told Pompeo ahead of their meeting, Reuters reported.

Actually, concerns about North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons reached a peak last year, during Trump's first year in office, as the North conducted more tests and Trump and Kim aimed ever more fiery rhetoric at each other.

Trump returned to the United States on Wednesday and took to Twitter to hail the meeting, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, as a major win for American security.

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He characterized them as 'very expensive, ' however, and portrayed their end as an economic decision rather than a negotiated concession that the USA had previously said it wouldn't budge on.

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the US, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low.

Another headache for US officials in Japan: The agreement says nothing about North Korean short- and medium-range missile tests and development, a particular concern for Japan, located a chip shot away from North Korea. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea ...

A key Trump ally, Republican Senator Tom Cotton, appeared to acknowledge the success of North Korea's model in an interview after the summit concluded. In return, Trump has promised to stop USA military drills in South Korea.

"Let's see if I have this straight", she said.

For South Korea particularly, the suspension of the annual military exercises came as a surprise.

Trump also is wrong in saying "nothing happened" in return.

"All of that points to a new era of the relationship between the United States and North Korea", Tina Park, vice president of the NATO Association of Canada, told Global News.

"I brought it up absolutely and they are going to be working on that", Trump said.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S. It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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