North Korea vows 'complete denuclearisation', Trump hails Kim's bold steps

Remigio Civitarese
Июня 14, 2018

"If they don't denuclearise, that will not be acceptable", Mr Trump said ahead of the meeting.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was "radically different than ever before". They were prompted by North Korea's withdrawl from the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and their interception of a USA spy plane.

Kang Hyung Seok, who is visiting Boston from South Korea, said Monday that whatever the outcome, the meeting itself was encouraging.

Since the armistice, North Korea has been ruled under a dictatorship using "Juche", or self-reliant, ideology.

Sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened, Pompeo said.

Its report added: "He said Singapore is clean and handsome and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future".

"It's a huge win for Kim Jong Un, who now - if nothing else - has the prestige and propaganda coup of meeting one on one with the president, while armed with a nuclear deterrent", said Michael Kovrig, a northeast Asia specialist at the International Crisis Group in Washington.

Kim is due to leave on Tuesday afternoon, a source involved in the planning of his visit said on Sunday.

After he met Kim's close aide Kim Yong Chol on June 1, Trump said human rights "probably" would be discussed at the summit, and he has committed several times to raise the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s - a longstanding request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he reiterated to the president in person last week. Kim spent the day mostly out of view - until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world's biggest glass greenhouse.

His appointment to one of the top military jobs was officially confirmed by a state media dispatch on Monday that included him in a list of officials traveling with Kim.

South Korean President Moon Jae In said last month that Kim was anxious he couldn't trust the U.S. to guarantee his security if he gives up his nuclear weapons.

Just a few months ago, Kim was an global pariah accused of ordering the killing of his uncle, a half-brother and scores of officials suspected of disloyalty. Trump left that summit early and, as he flew to Singapore, tweeted that he was yanking the USA out of the group's traditional closing statement.

Instead, he told reporters last weekend he would rely on "my touch, my feel" to assess the young and mercurial leader.

"I don't think (the Fed) is going to say anything particularly related to a rate hike in December", said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at SlateStone Wealth LLC in NY. But there were scant details on what new commitments had been secured from Kim, even as Trump announced he would end the regular military exercises the United States conducts with South Korea.

Trump and Kim are staying in separate hotels less that a kilometre apart in the famous Orchard Road area of Singapore, dotted with high-rise luxury apartment blocks, offices and glittering shopping malls. It heralded the summit as part of a "changed era".

The rapid improvement in relations between the North and South Korea - technically still at war - culminated with a historic leaders' summit in April.

As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved "more quickly than expected", but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks. The two will later be joined by officials and have lunch together. Two weeks later, however, he cancelled the meeting in a letter to Kim, citing "open hostility" from North Korea. They believe Kim's engagement is aimed at getting the United States to ease the crippling sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country.

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, saying the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides.

"The process could be doomed before it begins".

The talks will focus on North Korea's controversial nuclear programme.

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