Thursday, 21 June, 2018

North Korea Has Broad but Optimistic Reaction to Kim-Trump Summit

Statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano | IAEA 'This is huge:' North Korea agrees to return remains
Sammy Stanley | 14 June, 2018, 07:00

Although Trump said the process to search for more remains will begin "immediately", it's unclear when or if it will happen.

The president says the country's "biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!" Trump's claim is dubious considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

"I think Beijing actually gave a message to Kim Jong Un during their meeting at the beginning of last month in Dalian basically saying, 'look we will take care of you - you don't need relief from the USA because we'll give you that sanctions relief", he said.

"The drills and the United States military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East Asia's security", Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera said when asked about Trump's surprise announcement. If President Trump threatens to remove or does, in a phased manner, remove some troops from South Korea, he may calculate that this sends simultaneously a stern message to South Korea: If you don't pay up more money to cover the costs of United States soldiers that are stationed in South Korea, then we may just pull all the troops and abandon you, leave you to fend for yourself. North Korea did not even visibly insist on this issue in preparatory talks, though it has long demanded the withdrawal of the USFK in principle. "India is committed to global sanctions but we reserve the right to take bilateral action as well", a senior Commerce Department official said.

"Peace and verifiable denuclearisation must remain the clear and shared goal".

So it seems to be all on for tomorrow on the luxurious island of Sentosa which has been sealed off for days, locked down in a security zone, as are areas surrounding the two hotels in downtown Singapore where the leaders are staying. Then, under the 1994 Agreed Framework brokered by President Bill Clinton, North Korea agreed to cease the operation and construction of its nuclear reactors, an accord that lasted almost nine years - until it was revealed that North Korea had been cheating and getting their uranium somewhere else. The president made refueling stops in Guam and Hawaii on his return to Washington.

"We welcome the negotiations of chairman of the State Affairs Commission of North Korea Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump", the Ministry said in a statement.

A task force has been also launched to prepare for possible tour programmes in the North by South Korean tourists, according to the Korea Tourism Organisation.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called for special attention to be paid to terms when discussing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula at Wednesday's news conference.

US President Donald Trump.

Despite the uncertainty, CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morell, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, says the meeting should be considered a success. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters earlier this month that the troops are "not going anywhere".

"Turkey will continue to support efforts aimed at peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, which have historical ties", the statement said.

But the ministry was quick to raise India's concerns over the North Korea-Pakistan axis.

China's decision to ban imports of North Korean coal last August meant the world's largest coal consumer had to tap overseas sources more.

At a news conference before leaving the Singapore summit, Trump also speculated on the long-term possibility of withdrawing the 28,500 USA troops in Korea if the initial agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads to denuclearization and peace.

Mr Trump's comments suggests he had accepted Mr Kim's position that the drills were a hostile provocation.

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