NKorea Paper: Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

A South Korean senior presidential official on Tuesday said Seoul believed the "greatest achievement" of today's DPRK-U.S. summit was the two leaders developing confidence in each other as partners.

The U.S. top diplomat is jetting to South Korea to brief the country's president as Asian allies try to parse the implications of the extraordinary nuclear summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

As reports emerged that the South Korean government was surprised by the announcement, questions were raised about whether Mattis and other USA policymakers had also been caught off guard.

Trump made a big concession to North Korea by suspending joint military drills with South Korea.

The Panmunjom Declaration stresses that: "South and North Korea confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula".

The KCNA report - which was also carried by the Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party - also claimed that the president pledged to suspend military drills with South Korea, and lift sanctions on the North.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Seoul on Wednesday, sought to quell criticism that North Korea didn't make any major commitments at the summit in Singapore.

"This means the denuclearization verification process will be handled in U.S". -North working-level talks from now on.

"We're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea", he added.

Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed.

Both in South Korea and Japan, there are mixed views on the military exercises.

"It is something that [North Korea] very much appreciated", he said, adding that the exercises cost too much and are seen as provocative by North Korea.

North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, highlighting concessions made by the USA president.

Ahn said for people who are not Korean, it's just an issue for the moment. But the sanctions cut North Korea's coal exports down to 4.8 million tonnes to China. "At some point, I hope it will be, but not right now".

President Donald Trump has arrived back in Washington from his historic nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"It will lead other dictators to think that however small a country they might run, they only need to focus on quickly building a nuclear weapons arsenal so that they can be an equal to the USA", he said.

Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said the penalties imposed by the Security Council should be adjusted if the regime abides by United Nations resolutions and makes progress in diplomatic negotiations, the Associated Press reported. "In that sense, it might have been better if the summit was not held at all".

While many support the close military co-operation with the United States as a key ally for the security it provides, critics say they are an unnecessary provocation and stand in the way of easing tensions with Pyongyang.

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