North Korea Sanctions To Remain Until Denuclearization

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

"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.

Will Trump demand the same standard in his negotiations with the North Koreans, insisting that Pyongyang offer inspectors historically invasive access to its military facilities?

Through a translator, North Korea's leader summed up the surreal nature of the meeting, telling the U.S. president that those watching around the world might see it as "a science fiction movie".

However, there was no mention of the previous United States aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" from Pyongyang.

Now that's frankly ludicrous.

'I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us, ' he said. "But when the reporter pointed out that isn't true, Pompeo argued that it doesn't matter because "'complete' encompasses verifiable and irreversible". "One can't completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating", he said.

"I don't know exactly what form that will take, but I'm very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement".

We got to talk to some of the reporters in the International Media Center to hear what they think about the summit.

During an interview broadcast Wednesday with Fox News's Brett Baier, Trump said China could be "a little upset" because of a looming trade dispute between the two countries.

For South Korea particularly, the suspension of the annual military exercises came as a surprise.

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"I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous", Pompeo said.

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations. 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 US, was similarly low. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem". Most important, there is no evidence that the fundamental policy preferences of the key actors (North Korea, China, the United States) have changed on this issue.

Trump pledged to work on the issue, but the Singapore agreement included no language on the return of abductees.

The agreement signed by Trump and Kim on Tuesday said the USA would provide security guarantees to North Korea, while Pyongyang committed to denuclearisation.

Pompeo also has to sort out exactly what the agreement entails.

North Korean state media reported on Wednesday Kim and Trump had recognized the principle of "step-by-step and simultaneous action" to achieve peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Trump's tweets pointed to one of the chief gains at the summit from the USA point of view - that its scheduling and the establishing of a relationship between the President and Kim have eased fears that the two sides are on a slide toward a disastrous war.

That discussion between Putin and Trump reportedly happened in summer 2017. The appearance of compliance will weaken the sanctions regime further. It called the summit "dumbfounding and nonsensical", and said it will allow North Korea to permanently maintain its nuclear weapons program.

Pompeo said he'll be hammering out details of the accord in the coming weeks with North Korean counterparts.

Pompeo has to determine whether Kim left Singapore with a different understanding of what he agreed to, whether Pyongyang is looking to extract additional concessions from Washington through its public pronouncements, or whether it is simply trying to score a propaganda victory.

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