Cambodia PM Hopes Trump Meeting Can Bring Peace to Korean Peninsula

Leslie Hanson
May 16, 2018

President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12 can not be viewed in isolation from the unilateral American decision to withdraw from the nuclear pact with Iran. Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear capabilities, development of weapons of catastrophic proportions, refusal to release held American hostages and aggressiveness towards important U.S. allies like Israel resulted in President Trump vacating the failed U.S. - Iran deal of 2015.

However, if the rhetoric changes in advance of the meeting, the markets could move in anticipation of a negative outcome or even a cancellation. Tensions between the two countries had risen to an all-time high over the winter, and Pyongyang's series of nuclear and intercontinental missile tests were met with an increasingly stringent global sanctions regime and extremely stern diplomacy.

Kim might also have convinced Xi that whatever negotiations he will have with Trump will align to some degree with Beijing's positions and accommodate its core interests.

"You brought those three Americans home from North Korea". Unstable Trump. Only a few weeks later, Trump has begun using nice words about Kim.

Justin Kennedy, chair of the Cherokee County Young Republicans, said he believes the summit demonstrates that some of the criticisms of Trump are overblown. This is a President who understands how to use American power in an effective manner to protect national security and US interests.

Pyongyang on Saturday invited worldwide journalists to watch the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site, and the latest satellite imagery showed the disassembly is already in process.

China, North Korea's main economic lifeline, had been increasing economic sanctions against Pyongyang since late previous year as Kim continued to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons in defiance of global warnings, worsening bilateral ties. South Korea, which had policy differences with the United States at the time, was not a signatory.

The Shangri-La appears to be the most obvious fit.

The confirmation came amid growing suspicions over an apparent delay in a telephone conversation between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

This year's Shangri-La Dialogue, set for June 1-3, will include a session titled "Deescalating the North Korean crisis".

Trump's team is looking at a much faster timeline.

"Trump's administration hopes that the denuclearization issue will be closed once and for all and it's best to solve this problem during Trump's presidency". But there could be security challenges to hosting the summit so close to Singapore's busiest streets.

People walk past the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore.

A group of officials, including Ryu Myong-son, department director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), and Kim Nung-o, head of the party's North Pyongan Central Committee, were seen visiting Beijing, according to the sources. However, it's questionable whether there would be enough rooms at the island's hotels to accommodate what's likely to be a huge number of delegates, security personnel and reporters.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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