Trump says accused human rights abuser Kim Jong Un 'loves his people'

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

It is good that North Korea has ceased testing missiles and nuclear weapons, but that is instantly reversible and arguably not worth the irreversible gains Kim pocketed in terms of de facto sanctions relief and prestige.

On May 24th, Trump cancelled his planned summit with Kim on June 12th, sending the S&P 500 down 2% over the following days.

Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed just unthinkable months ago, clasping hands in front of a row of alternating USA and North Korean flags, holding a one-on-one meeting, additional talks with advisers and a working lunch.

The message was clear: Kim had a decision to make.

On human rights, Trump said Tuesday's meetings only very briefly touched on the topic, but that the two sides would discuss it more in the future.

Trump has said repeatedly that Tuesday's summit was only the start of a process and that the USA would not ease up pressure on the North - including a crippling sanctions regime - until its goal of North Korea's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" is reached.

Trump added at a press conference that denuclearization would start "very, very quickly". Light on specifics, the Singapore accord largely amounts to an agreement to continue discussions, echoing previous public statements and commitments.

When relations between the USA and the DPRK thawed slightly between 1990 and 2005, a repatriation agreement allowed 229 sets of remains to come home to American families.

South Korea, meanwhile, appeared to have been blindsided by Trump's change of heart on war games. Trump described the drills as "provocative" and "inappropriate". "At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns". He called the regular training sessions between USA and South Korean forces "very provocative" and costly.

"A handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal", Warren said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. But he added that he hoped to speak to North Korea about the Cold War-era abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean spies. "They want the remains of their fathers, and mothers, and all of the people that got caught into that really brutal war, which took place, to a large extent, in North Korea". Murphy, have been quick to point out that no long-term verification process was included in the agreement. The agreement's language on North Korea's nuclear program was similar to what the leaders of North and South Korea came up with at their own summit in April.

Choi Seong-guk, who made cartoons depicting western spies, said: "What will make me angry [about the summit] will be seeing pictures of Kim parading around with global leaders".

"If the goal is to begin to unravel the U.S. -Japan and U.S".

The tweet reportedly also accused Israel of trying to sabotage Tuesday's summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim. Trump has dangled the prospect of economic investment in the North as a sweetener for giving up its nuclear weapons. Think of it from the real estate prospective. The formal document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort. And he did not mention formally ending the Korean War, which many observers had predicted could be one outcome of the meeting.

Kim's night tour of Singapore on the eve of the summit got an even brighter spotlight in the North Korean media, which aired video of him being received like a rock star by crowds of onlookers.

President Trump is right: North Korean leader Kim Jung-un is "very talented", and Chinese President Xi Jinping is "a very special person".

Lewis agreed that Trump had ignored the "serious" problem of human rights violations in his rush for a deal, but said the much greater danger ahead is how Trump will react if he comes to realize that Kim is just playing him along. Following the summit, China's foreign ministry suggested the worldwide community consider lifting sanctions on North Korea.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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