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

Trump’s North Korea Deal Is Different, and Not in a Good Way

Trump’s North Korea Deal Is Different, and Not in a Good Way

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, reaches to shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday.

They're supposed to occur at the "earliest possible date", and drive toward a blandly-stated goal: "implement the outcomes" of the Singapore meeting.

More than 35,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula during the war, with 7,700 of these U.S. troops still listed as missing in action - majority in North Korea. In calling exercises "provocative", Mr Trump also adopted language used by North Korea in its regular criticisms of the the drills.

On the other side, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, a former coordinator for threat reduction programs at the State Department, negotiated for the U.S. So did Ambassador Robert Gallucci, who was the chief negotiator with North Korea during the 1994 nuclear crisis.

That matters because North Korea has pledged to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in virtually all agreements since 1992, but implementation has broken down due to a lack of consensus on what that means. The neighbors, which fought together during the Korean War, had grown apart previous year after China backed United Nations sanctions crimping North Korea's energy imports and sources of foreign cash to pressure it to halt its nuclear and missile tests.

"The past doesn't have to be the future", a narrator says as the video showed the demilitarised zone that has separated North and South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

On Wednesday the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said the suspension of war games - a surprise concession offered by the United States president on Tuesday night that caught South Korea by surprise - was not in the official declaration but "the president spoke about it in answer to a question at a press conference".

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With a handshake that lasted for about 13 seconds, North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scripted history during the first-ever and much-awaited meeting between the two countries. The statement made clear that Pyongyang was expecting USA concessions before any moves by the North. Those include the 1994 Agreed Framework negotiated during the Clinton administration, which Trump specifically attacked during a post-summit press conference on Tuesday.

"And Obama didn't even give me the time of day", Rodman said on CNN.

If confirmed, the reported deal could be seen as a concession by Trump since US officials - and the president himself - had called for the North to take swift and clear disarmament measures before receiving any rewards.

The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbor, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force. "We haven't given up anything", he said. He spoke before Trump and Wang announced the USA was suspending the military drills. "I don't want to do war".

But soon after the announcement, China was already hinting at the prospect of sanctions relief.

Later the narrator says "a new world can begin today", as an animated sequence suggests what the impoverished North Korea could look like from space if it was as brightly lit up at night as the far more prosperous South Korea.

"It was a positive sentiment for a photo op, but it is not meaningful progress from past agreements, " he said, speaking in Singapore. "We believe the Security Council should make efforts to support the current diplomatic efforts".

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