Is anything out of reach after historic summit with North Korea?

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

"Now that we meet and have a great relationship with Kim Jong Un, the same haters shout out, 'you shouldn't meet, do not meet!'"

Those details could prove major sticking points in the future while North Korea is believed to maintain a nuclear arsenal capable of threatening the U.S mainland. US defense analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the U.S.

In their joint statement Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding U.S. demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

While saying Trump is "in the lead" on follow-up negotiations, Pompeo said, "I will be the person driving this process forward".

Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world".

Most of all, I think they feel relief - relief they would not have felt, and certainly not to the same degree, if the Democrats hadn't drummed up hysteria about an impending war with North Korea. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote. Even in cases where the USA president has studied his briefing materials, unlike Trump, having others present can prevent a situation where the two nations disagree about what promises were made. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters in Seoul on Wednesday, sought to quell criticism that North Korea didn't make any major commitments at the summit in Singapore. "That will take a while".

United States military commanders in the South also said they had no warning of Mr Trump's announcement.

North Korean state media lauded the summit as a resounding success, highlighting concessions made by the U.S. president.


"We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!" It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration.

"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the US", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon.

Over the years, state media has described them as pouring "gasoline on fire" and risking an "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening.

President Moon Jae-in is expected to be briefed personally by the U.S. secretary of state, who landed at Osan Air Base. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.

Now it appears the North Koreans are trying to seize on this confusion to put forth a favorable summit narrative - or rather, one even more favorable than "U.S. president legitimizes North Korean dictator".

Trump made a big concession to North Korea by suspending joint military drills with South Korea.

After a day filled with smiles and handshakes watched around the world, the USA "committed to provide security guarantees" to North Korea.

There are usually two sets of exercises every year, in spring and autumn, involving a massive number of troops and military hardware.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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