Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

China gets everything it wanted as Kim Jong Un meets Donald Trump

China gets everything it wanted as Kim Jong Un meets Donald Trump China gets everything it wanted as Kim Jong Un meets Donald Trump
Lora Ball | 13 June, 2018, 08:33

Alongside Trump were other big administration figures including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser John Bolton and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The biggest victor from President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - aside from Kim himself - was unquestionably the government of President Xi Jinping, which had been advocating the very process that Trump has now embarked upon.

"What does it mean to stop war games?" said Ambassador Joseph Yun, who served as the US special envoy on North Korea at the end of the Obama administration and during President Trump's initial months in office.

American lawmakers differed sharply in their reaction to the first-ever face-to-face meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

He refused to go into details.

News of the decision to halt the drills stoked concern in Japan, with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera calling joint exercises and the USA military presence in South Korea "vital" to East Asian security.

Pyongyang has demanded the end of what it calls a "hostile policy" towards it, but in public has only pledged to pursue the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula - a euphemism open to wide differences of interpretation. He said, look, all of you people who are writing that I gave up too much, that's wrong. "Shared objectives to denuclearize and an agreement to continue the negotiations".

Trump said Tuesday the summit has helped bring the world back from "nuclear catastrophe".

"This is the weakest statement I have ever seen come out of any engagement with North Korea".

Melissa Hanham of the US-based Center for Nonproliferation Studies said on Twitter that North Korea had "already promised to do this many times", adding the two sides "still don't agree on what "denuclearization" means".

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Kim, in turn, got at least one major benefit upfront.

This is certainly not the pledge for the unilateral dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme that the United States has always pushed for.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke by phone with Mr Trump for 20 minutes late on Tuesday, but an official readout of the call made no mention of military exercises, according to Reuters news agency.

"It's going to be a lot different than it was in the past", Trump concurred.

Rocky Kim, President of the Canada Federation of North Korean Defectors, joined global voices around the world questioning Trump's approach with the North Korean leader.

The United States has conducted such exercises for decades as a symbol of unity with Seoul and previously rejected North Korean complaints as illegitimate.

In March, Trump accepted on the spot an invitation by Kim to meet in person, without preconditions, setting the stage for Tuesday's historic event.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"I think we're in a good place, certainly compared to eight months ago", he told The Times. -South Korea military exercises and ease crippling sanctions against Pyongyang, suggesting via state media that the American leader had explicitly acceded to two of the nuclear-armed nation's top goals during an "epoch-making" summit a day earlier.

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