Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance


Annual military drills between the United States and South Korea have been a major source of tension on the Korean Peninsula. It can be seen as a concession in exchange for Kim halting nuclear and missile tests during 2018 - and an acknowledgement of China's "suspension-for-suspension" proposal.

The Singapore agreement does not detail plans for North Korea to demolish a missile engine testing site, a concession Trump said he'd won, or Trump's promise to end military exercises in the South while negotiations between the US and the North continue.

South Korea lives under constant threat of an attack by North Korea, and the country's leadership has promoted the idea of diplomatic negotiations as a result. Others might say it's Moon who is probably more deserving, since he was pushing Trump and Kim toward peace when they were still both threatening nuclear war.

A comment made by President Donald Trump in the passing during a press conference, following the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday, left South Korea's department of defense disheveled. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous USA statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea". There are also joint US-Japanese drills each year.

First, Trump acknowledged that human rights was not a major topic during the meeting, saying it "was discussed relatively briefly compared to denuclearization".

China has confirmed that Pompeo will visit Beijing on Thursday.

Similar sentiments were echoed by the Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday. That was the personal assessment made by Trump, after the summit.

But with no clear signs of how or when the process will unfold, others have been more cautious about the summit's implications. Trump might as well have announced that past year when Kim launched missile tests, rather than threatening nuclear attack.

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However, dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme will present a daunting challenge. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", the president wrote on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said it is ready to verify a deal, although it focuses on monitoring nuclear materials and sites rather than disarmament.

"It's important for us to remember that it's largely words at this point, and that we have to look for actions, particularly from North Korea", Panetta said during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Tuesday.

Park Won-gon at Handong Global University went further, slamming the agreement as "the scam of the century that reflected 99 percent of North Korea's wishes".

Pyongyang has celebrated the summit as a great win for the country.

Appearing in front of the media after the bilateral talks with North Korean leader, Donald Trump said that the meeting with Kim Jong-un was 'better than anybody could have expected.' As the two leaders met, Singapore navy vessels and air force Apache helicopters patrolled, while fighter jets and a Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft circled.

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said that the joint statement "is a crucial first move in the long journey towards lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean Peninsula, which would benefit our region and the rest of the world".

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