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

S.Korea president: Singapore agreement will end Cold War

S.Korea president: Singapore agreement will end Cold War

Kim's hand in the deal has been forced by the country's struggling economy, with North Korea short both grain and crude oil. But "I've never agreed with 100 percent of what this president says off the cuff like that".

The president says the country's "biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!" Its state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Wednesday that Trump "expressed his intention to halt US-South Korea joint military exercise" - a major concession won from Trump but not included in the summit agreement. Trump's claim is dubious considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

South Korea's Culture Ministry said on Thursday (Jun 14) that it is looking into potential opportunities for South Korean tourism to North Korea, amid a thaw on the divided peninsula, reported Yonhap news agency.

U.S. war games in South Korea are a big source of tension between the two sides, with Trump conceding they are "provocative".

"The drills and the USA military stationed in South Korea play a vital role in East Asia's security", Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera said when asked about Trump's surprise announcement.

In the summit agreement, Kim and Trump affirmed their commitment to "complete" denuclearization, falling short of the U.S.'s longtime demand for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.

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"Regarding all the importance of the solution of the problems between the United States and North Korea, including the peninsula denuclearization stages and security guarantees, it is clear that it will hardly be possible to solve these problems in the bilateral format", Lavrov stressed.

"Last year when you were interviewing me at that time, and I thought the President Trump would start the war, I wish he did it, and now, the war will not happen", said Hong.

While official statistics from North Korea are hard to come by due to the ruling regimes limited contact with the larger global economy, India remains North Korea's 2nd-largest import source after China, according to several estimates by multilateral bodies. -North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on Tue., June 12, 2018. "He inherited from his father and his grandfather a dictatorship, he has murdered people, he has put people in death camps - deep suffering by the people of North Korea".

Trump immediately pivoted to ranting about the Korean War.

During his return, Trump spoke with South Korean Prime Minister Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a "comprehensive document" of progress on Tuesday aimed at denuclearization following their historic summit in Singapore.

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