Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Pompeo: No sanctions relief for North Korea until complete denuclearization

Donald Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat: ‘sleep well!’ North Korea's Kim Jong Un brings own toilet to Singapore summit
Sammy Stanley | 14 June, 2018, 10:03

America and the world can "sleep well tonight", President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced.

"When I met him today, we have a very good relationship, I feel", Mr. Trump said.

And Trump told ABC News the USA would soon end or scale back longstanding joint military exercises with South Korea, and agreed that they were "provocative" toward the North. "Maybe in a year you'll be interviewing and I'll say I made a mistake".

"Pyongyang will read this as a concession that its nuclear and missile advancements purchased weaker language on denuclearization, " Mount said.

I could see that the excitement of the day and the punishing travel schedule had begun to wear on President Donald Trump by the time he came to the back of Air Force One to greet the travelling press before departing Singapore.

Warmbier, from Wyoming, Ohio, and a student at the University of Virginia, died at the age of 22 days after he was returned to the United States in a coma.

Using the military exercises as a massive negotiating chip in exchange for the North denuclearizing is a pretty orthodox policy proposal, but it stunned nearly everybody that Trump seemed to be giving this away for free after his meeting. The likelihood of Trump launching a first strike against North Korea, thus setting South Korea, where more than 100,000 Americans live and/or work, ablaze and risking a strike against population centers in the USA, was similarly low.

"His intention here was to put us in a place where we get the opportunity to have productive conversations connected to the denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo said.

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

"There are always concerns about President Trump and he's very erratic", Wit said.

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Tur also confirmed reporting about Cohen's split with his law firm. "These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen hasn't yet decided whether he will cooperate with prosecutors in the case, according to one of those people.

Iran urged North Korea to be vigilant while it weighs US offers, citing Trump's decision last month to quit a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions. Trump and Kim referred back to the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, which contained a weak commitment to denuclearization but no specifics on how to achieve it. Trump has drawn bipartisan criticism at home for agreeing to pause joint U.S.

But this kind of disconnect between myth and reality seemed evident throughout President Trump's freewheeling news conference, suggesting his grand ambitions were not grounded in a full understanding of what and with whom he was dealing.

"There is not a gram of fissile material either moving out or likely to move out of North Korea".

"So is a dangerously naive president", Schiff said.

The mercurial U.S. president took an initial liking to the North Korean despot at the landmark Singapore summit, but touch and feel will not verify the complex task of denuclearizing the totalitarian state, in whole or in part.

The traditional US calendar for other major drills would not pick up again until next spring, officials say.

Jimmy Kimmel mocked and questioned President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his monologue Tuesday night.

Both Seoul and United States military officials have said they had no idea the announcement was coming, while Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera warned the drills played a "vital role in East Asia's security". The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally would be held in August.

He lavishly praised the young dictator, saying he trusted him to "do the right thing"; this despite decades of evidence that the Kim family had cemented its dynasty with ruthlessness and duped the global community about its nuclear weapons programme. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

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