Who won in the Trump-Kim summit?

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea ...

The cancellation is considered a concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Another 26 percent said they believed the United States and North Korea would meet their commitments, while 34 percent said they did not know whether they would follow through.

On the other hand, while President Trump should be credited with opening a possible path to peace on the Korean Peninsula and ending the Korean War, both of those outcomes remain far in the future.

Mr Trump's surprise promise to call off military exercises, describing them as expensive and "provocative", delighted North Korea and China but caught key USA allies off-guard.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said Japan saw "US-South Korean joint exercises and the US military presence in South Korea as vital to security in East Asia".

"I think they are one of the great winners today", he said.

"Make no mistake, we are going to maintain the readiness of our forces in South Korea", said one U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government.

Pompeo, who made two trips to Pyongyang, pre-summit and who was a key architect of the North Korea-US summit, appeared keen to defend the declaration signed by the two parties.

Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats.

He said Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear programme.

Sputnik: There seems to be some confusion about the sanctions with yesterday Trump saying they remain and North Korea claiming they're gone, where do they stand on this now then?

"He's a tough guy", the president said during a Fox News interview that aired Wednesday.

THE FACTS: Trump is wrong to suggest North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat. While there may be some truth to that assertion, it is unlikely to be the entire story; North Koreans are long suffering while the regime, like others of its kind in the past, in all likelihood has hardly been touched by the new sanctions.

President Trump described his meeting with Kim as a resounding success and in a tweet said, "There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". He said that the concepts were encompassed within the word "complete".

The post-summit transformation of North Korea's official version of Trump, who's now being shown by state media looking serious and nearly regal, underscores the carefully choreographed reality show the government has had to perform to keep its people, taught from childhood to hate and distrust the "American imperialists", ideologically on board with the tectonic shifts underway in their country's relationship with Washington.

Trump said he wanted to end the US's joint military exercises with South Korea, which he termed as "very provocative".

Trump also is wrong in saying "nothing happened" in return.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump left about 30 minutes earlier than expected, at 6-thirty local time, on his Air Force One, from the Paya Lebar Airbase, just as he came into the city state. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally would be held in August.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S. -South Korean drills was met with concern. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

In a further tweet on Wednesday, President Trump hit out at criticism of his summit in some USA media, dubbing it "Fake News".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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