North Koreans in Canada outraged at Donald Trump's praise of Kim Jong

13 June, 2018, 21:38 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • US offers 'unique' guarantees to North Korea on eve of summit

The office of South Korean president Moon Jae-in said they did not know Trump's "exact meaning or intentions", and several lawmakers suggested US military leaders were in the dark as well. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous US statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued.

Mr Kim arrived in town on Sunday for a historic summit on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump to discuss possible denuclearisation efforts. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote. He met for almost an hour at the air base with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, before heading by motorcade to Seoul. There are still few details about Trump's decision to suspend USA "war games" in South Korea, which could fuel discussion about a weakening of the alliance.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a clearer statement on the eve of the summit, saying sanctions would remain in place until Pyongyang delivered "CVID" - meaning complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.

Best case scenario is the two sides start talking, North Korea decides the U.S.is no longer a threat and scales back its arsenal.

"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and a half years". Even in cases where the US president has studied his briefing materials, unlike Trump, having others present can prevent a situation where the two nations disagree about what promises were made.

The president fired off another tweet less than an hour later, blasting the naysayers who condemned his decision to meet with Kim.


How will this change relations between the USA and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops?

Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that Trump "agreed to forgo joint exercises with the South Koreans, which has been a bulwark of our defense policy for decades, without significant concessions like a concrete timeline for denuclearization from the other side".

On Saturday, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told reporters at Beijing Capital International Airport that his country would give the same warm welcome to the North Koreans as they have done to other state guests. And why wasn't the South Korean president invited? Trump's total sidelining of North Korea's infamous human rights abuses has also caused concern.

There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

Japan's defence chief said on Wednesday that the United States military presence in South Korea and joint military exercises were "vital" for East Asian security.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., also mocked Trump, writing: "One trip and it's 'mission accomplished, ' Mr. President?" "We're not engaged in any reduction of USA forces talks, and I think we all wait until after this settles and we go forward". He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Any reduction in tensions on its doorstep is welcome for China, North Korea's closest ally, which accounts for around 90 percent of Pyongyang's trade.

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