North Korea 'already starting' denuclearization

Geneva Stokes
June 22, 2018

"They did not get those but Trump went along with the meeting anyway, which means he cared more about the meeting than about the substance", Cha said.

North Korea has been hit by a raft of United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile tests, but the U.S. has offered relief from the punitive measures if its gives up its arsenal. They're blowing it up. "North Korea has already finished developing (the) Baekdu Engine, so there would be no problem running ICBM missile programs even if they close down the Sohae site".

Mr Kim and Mr Xi assessed the North Korean leader's historic meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last week and shared opinions denuclearisation, the Korean Central News Agency said. "The detailed negotiations have not begun".

"I wouldn't expect that at this point", he added.

Kim said he was very happy to meet with General Secretary Xi Jinping again in a short period of time.

Deng Yuwen of the Charhar institute in Beijing, said China would be seeking to use North Korea as a bargaining chip amid heightened trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. At the summit with Trump in Singapore, Kim pledged to work toward denuclearisation in exchange for USA security guarantees.

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Friday's executive order extended one signed by Trump in September 2017 to "address the provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the government of North Korea, including its intercontinental ballistic missile launches of July 3 and July 28, 2017, and its nuclear test of September 2, 2017".

In the Cabinet meeting, Trump acknowledged that "things can change".

-South Korean military exercises drew strong criticism from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., who called it a concession. Going into the summit, Pyongyang repeatedly rejected unilateral nuclear disarmament.

Pompeo said US allies and North Korea's neighbor and ally China were supportive of the USA policy of maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang until its denuclearization was complete.

It was unclear if Pyongyang had dropped a condition it had previously set for resuming the reunions, that Seoul return 12 North Korean women who worked at a North Korea-run restaurant in China and defected to South Korea as a group in 2016.

"They're giving a commitment, they're starting it immediately, to recover their remains", Trump said.

Promoted to commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) last month, Admiral Philip Davidson gave the assurance during his first official visit to Japan for two days of talks with Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.

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