Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

Just hours after returning from his summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump was quick to take cheap shots at the very institution that helped make America great.

During Tuesday's summit in Singapore, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to cooperate on recovering the remains of American soldiers killed or who went missing during the Korean War.

"We had pretty much finished, and I said, 'Would you do me a favor?"

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

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to Donald Trump after the summit, saying there was "great meaning in Chairman Kim's clearly confirming to President Trump the complete denuclearisation". "They will string the USA along till the year-end", he said.

Mr Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit.

President Trump has made it official, at least on Twitter.

For instance, presumably the North will maintain its freeze on missile and nuclear testing.

Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, criticised the document as "unsubstantial" and said Mr Trump and Mr Kim instead should have signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. But Pyongyang appears to be betting on the model of "build it first" and then letting a long process of fruitless talks drag on later. It has resisted any practical efforts to get rid of them.

When Baier pointed out some of the unsavory things Jong Un is accused of doing in North Korea, Trump demurred. Trump has drawn bipartisan criticism at home for agreeing to pause joint U.S.

"It would be sort of freaky because Guam doesn't look like North Korea". Those two words - and the lack of any mention of "complete, verifiable, irreversible" disarmament - could signal to world leaders that Kim will not be forced to abandon his nuclear program, said Adam Mount, a senior fellow with the Federation of American Scientists in Washington.

Even as Pompeo staunchly defended the summit results, he was less exuberant than Trump, who tweeted on his return to the U.S. on Monday morning: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office". "You used the term major, major disarmament, something like that?"


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Mr. Trump downplayed Kim's actions, suggesting Kim isn't alone in that.

"India welcomes the United States-DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Summit held in Singapore".

Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal. "It was a bad thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea".

North Korea's neighbors have grown accustomed to living with a nuclear North Korea.

In remarks at a news conference in Seoul, the top USA diplomat added that any sanctions relief North Korea receives from the US will be linked to efforts to denuclearize.

Mr Pompeo has travelled to South Korea to brief the US's regional allies on the agreement, and on Mr Trump's surprise announcement that he was ending the routine US-South Korea military drills which have so angered North Korea. "His dentures take longer to bond than that". It's not just like, 'Oh, gee.

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the USA can trust.

If Kim's nuclear program becomes globally accepted as a menace to maintain rather than eliminate, the precedent could be risky for non-proliferation, said Lewis.

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.

North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade worldwide inspections. "That is not a good message to be sending out".

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