Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Pompeo: U.S. aims for 'major' North Korea disarmament in 2.5 years

The most intense hand shake ever. Credit PA The most intense hand shake ever. Credit PA
Adrian Cunningham | 14 June, 2018, 06:49

"Trump claims he got North Korea to commit to destroying a missile testing site, and this is a quote, he said 'We didn't put it in the agreement because we didn't have time, '" Kimmel continued.

President Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for being a "tough guy" Wednesday and downplayed the rogue state's human rights abuses. "President for life. No, he's great", Trump said, referring to Xi.

Think Trump told Kim Jong Un about the tear gas launchers and shotguns on board? Tehran's government is still weighing whether it will stick by the accord or leave and potentially renounce the nuclear non-proliferation treaty - the accord North Korea ditched in 2003 before detonating its first bomb three years later.

Critics have said the encounter between Trump and Kim was more style than substance, producing a document short on details about the key issue of the North's atomic weapons. India, in particular, faced years of USA sanctions for its nuclear program before Washington accepted that continued opposition was useless and that it needed to do more to court the world's biggest democracy.

Tokyo has reacted with concern at Trump's plans to cancel military exercises with South Korea, saying such drills are vital for East Asian security. "At some point, I hope it would be", he said.

The exact terms of that agreement remain unclear.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

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The move reportedly blindsided both Seoul and USA military officials. A major challenge, according to these officials, is to turn Trump's broad intentions into detailed military guidance.

A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally drawing down the American troop presence on the Korean peninsula - not necessarily because he's said he will, but because they don't want to rely on his word that he won't.

Echoing that stance, Akira Kawasaki of the ICAN anti-nuclear group said the summit was "a great photo-op", but that "the substance needs to be followed up". "I'm going to do it anyway'".

Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un, with one possibility including the premier's visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

Senior officials paid "enthusiastic and passionate" greetings in a ceremony. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. -South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. "He was unambiguous about that".

"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the USA", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon. The White House has yet to release the document's text. Later, the President tweeted that suspending military exercises would "save a fortune". In 2017, the annual exercise involved 17,500 U.S. service members, with 3,000 coming from outside South Korea. Kim is now promising to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Suspending the exercise has deep implications for Mattis' relationships with defense ministers across the region.