Trump casts North Korea summit as 'one-time shot' for Kim Jong Un

10 June, 2018, 09:26 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • Singapore

Ahead of President Donald Trump's landmark summit next week with the North Korean leader, USA allies and many Republicans are raising concerns that he may impulsively give in on issues they say should be deal-breakers for the United States. President Trump can not fully suspend sanctions on North Korea unless North Korea agrees to key reforms. In 2003, Libya agreed to give up its nuclear, chemical, biological and missile programs to restore its standing in the worldwide community and get sanctions relief.

Asked about suggestions that even granting a meeting to Kim meant conceding valuable ground, Trump said: "Only the fake news says that". I'm sure the North Koreans would sign up for that.

The 65-year-old wants reunification to be his legacy and was elected in part on the promise of taking South Korea in that direction. Pyongyang's ICBMs have the range to hit the U.S.

The president's remarks come two days after he said he "doesn't need to prepare very much" for the meeting which the USA hopes will lead toward an agreement for North Korea to end its nuclear program.

Mr Ferguson said he had noticed a rapid increase in the level of interest from Australians about North Korea and that it has coincided with more diplomatic activity. "Instead, they expect a "progressive and synchronous" process where both sides make equivalent concessions over a longer, phased timeline".

Trump and his lieutenants - with his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, a notable exception - have jumped on comments like this to frame the summit and used them to bolster their own direct, and extensive, private talks with senior North Koreans.

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"He might as well have said, 'Carry on, '" Lee said. And by the way, we have worked very well with their people, they have many people now in Shanghai, our people have been - in Singapore - our people have been working very, very well with the representatives of North Korea and I think we're going to come out fine. Trump said the talks would establish dialogue between the two nations, with an ultimate goal of North Korea's denuclearization.

"In the event that we are successful, as we are hopeful that we will be, yes, I would hope that there would be a statement that they would put out that each could agree to", Pompeo told YTN.

North Korea's willingness to develop fuel and weapons in secret, to sell nuclear technology and missiles to other rogue states, and its attempts to use its status as a nuclear power as a negotiating tool are features, not bugs, of its defence and foreign policy. "I felt as if I was back in time, back in the period immediately after the Second World War when global military tribunals and other investigations were conducted into the Nazi horrors".

He added: "I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before.Create peace and great prosperity for his land".

Given the current state of extreme partisan politics, and the apparent lack of consultation between Congress and the administration on the negotiations, there surely will be critics whatever the outcome is, she added. I think it would be good for the United States.

Kim should be aware of just how good an opportunity he has, Trump cautioned, because it will not last forever.

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