Pompeo: No sanctions relief for N Korea until denuclearisation

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reaffirmed the U.S.'s "iron-clad" commitment to its alliance with Japan and South Korea and said that sanctions on North Korea will not be lifted until its complete denuclearization is realized.

Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program will come to an end, he asserted, claiming that Kim had already left Singapore and was "on his way back" to North Korea to begin implementing their joint vows.

Looking for news you can trust? Will he then withdraw the 29,000 United States troops out of South Korea that have served as a guarantor for the ally against post-war Japan, North Korea, and now a rising China over 68 years?

Trump replied by praising Kim as a "tough guy. It's absolutely appalling", he told SBS News. "You used the term major, major disarmament, something like that?" "We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the next - what is it - two and a half years, something like that", he said.

Pompeo said he'll be hammering out details of the accord in the coming weeks with North Korean counterparts. I would anticipate it will be fairly quickly after we return to our home countries.

When questioned on the wording of the statement, Pompeo said Wednesday that Trump's intention was to allow the U.S. the opportunity to pursue further productive conversations on the issue with Pyongyang.

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

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

"It is hard to evaluate whether Trump and Kim's joint statement is a small step toward" verifiable denuclearization or is, instead, "a sign that the Trump administration will accept other outcomes". But any anti-Trump talking point suits the resistance and if it creates fear among the gullible, so much the better.

In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the U.S. would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul - a concession Pyongyang has sought for decades.

Trump then pivoted to fondness for China's leader.

Bret Baier's first interview with Donald Trump since he became POTUS, was tearing up the TV news turf this evening, after the Fox News political anchor asked POTUS about his just-wrapped summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "The United States should never catch it allies off guard, as seems to be the case with President Trump's announcement", she says.

If North Korea's illegal nuclear program forced the US military to stop training with its ally, then it sends a powerful message to leaders everywhere: The US can be blackmailed with nukes. There's nothing in the joint statement about the ballistic missile threat, which is a key component of the [United Nations] Security Council resolutions. "I just have to be honest with you, it's a game, it's a game, and one ought not play games with serious matters like this".

He continued: "I suppose we could argue semantics but let me assure you it's in the document". "But lots of other places where there were understandings reached, we couldn't reduce them to writing. I got them after we had signed the agreement".

"I wonder if he's done a news conference", Mr Trump mused aloud before wishing us good luck with the 26-hour flight ahead (we clocked in at 23 hours and 7 minutes).

Trump has been on a victory tour of sorts since he returned from the historic summit, where he was the first USA president to meet with a sitting leader from North Korea. In the run-up to the summit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a last-minute visit to the White House to secure Trump's support in pushing for the return of Japanese citizens abducted in North Korea. "I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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