Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kim expressed readiness at Trump summit to meet with Abe: Japanese official

Kim expressed readiness at Trump summit to meet with Abe: Japanese official

DONALD Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was unquestionably a success - for Mr Kim.

Both sides stated their commitment "to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity" and to "join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

Abe has made the resolution of the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea a political pledge, and has said Japan would hold back economic assistance until those issues, along with denuclearisation, are resolved. That concession to Kim appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed. He also has clearly indicated that withdrawing USA troops from South Korea was on the table for the future.

Tuesday's summit in Singapore was front page news on Wednesday, with full-page spreads of photos of Mr Kim and Mr Trump and details about the meeting. He told reporters that if the USA concludes they no longer are, the freeze "will no longer be in effect".

Amid the nervousness in Tokyo and Seoul, Russia crowed on Wednesday that the United States had essentially adopted a Chinese-Russian road map by jettisoning the military exercises. According to the Washington Post, North Korea's definition of "denuclearization" is different from Trump's.

"I am. confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said, adding that further US talks with North Korea on how and when it will end its nuclear program will resume "sometime in the next week".

This is not the first time Trump has declared the news media an "enemy" of the United States, as a year ago he said that networks that covered him critically were an "enemy of the people".

Trump has defended the agreement as a major step in dealing with the threat of nuclear-armed North Korea and said he believed Kim's government would start the process of living up to the agreement right away.

Trump described his meeting with Kim as "an interesting and very positive experience" and said North Korea "has great potential for the future".

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"Yeah, but so have a lot of other people have done some really bad things", Trump said.

"Trump wanted to make it look like he did something big, whether he did something big or not".

Greeting the South Korean delegation, An, the North's top delegate, joked that Kim would be recorded as the first person in uniform who has crossed the military demarcation line that divides the two Koreas.

Mr. Trump downplayed Kim's actions, suggesting Kim isn't alone in that.

The mercurial U.S. president took an initial liking to the North Korean despot at the landmark Singapore summit, but touch and feel will not verify the complex task of denuclearizing the totalitarian state, in whole or in part.

Asked specifically about verification of Pyongyang's denuclearization and whether it will be irreversible - objectives outlined by Trump but unmentioned in the statement - Pompeo said: "The modalities are beginning to develop".

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S.

Through a translator, North Korea's leader summed up the surreal nature of the meeting, telling the USA president that those watching around the world might see it as "a science fiction movie". -South Korean drills was met with concern. North Korea will of course be demanding that the sanctions be lifted. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul. India has been urging an investigation into the linkages between North Korea's nuclear programme and the proliferation network in its neighbourhood.

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