Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

BERNIE BREAKS WITH DEMS: Sanders Says Trump-Kim Summit a ‘POSITIVE STEP’

BERNIE BREAKS WITH DEMS: Sanders Says Trump-Kim Summit a ‘POSITIVE STEP’

He also appears to have talked Trump into suspending joint U.S.

Bill Richardson, the veteran North Korea negotiator and former governor of New Mexico, said during a phone briefing on Tuesday the summit achieved a personal connection between Trump and Kim.

Trump added at a press conference that denuclearization would start "very, very quickly".

He made it to China but was caught and returned to a North Korean labour camp, where he said torture was among the "very serious human rights violations", which he witnessed, and which he says still continue to this day. He added that he hoped to withdraw U.S. troops from South Korea at some point - further undermining the long alliance.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, an Air Force veteran, balked at the idea of US soldiers leaving the region. U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Tuesday it was unaware of any policy change. The VFW sent a June 6 letter to President Trump to urge him to make the issue part of the negotiation.

Schumer said Trump's meeting with Kim gave "a brutal and repressive dictatorship the global legitimacy it has long craved".

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the summit "as a step in a comprehensive resolution" and promised more cooperation with Washington, Beijing, Seoul, Moscow, and others to resolve the lineup of issues North Korea will face if it is honest about wanting to rejoin the worldwide community.

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Critics were quick to point out that agreement, in its current form, includes no guardrails to verify how or when North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons.

It also demands less than the Bush administration's six-party talks, the 2003 negotiations involving the United States, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

When President Bill Clinton struck a landmark deal with North Korea in 1994, the isolated nation agreed to take a variety of specific steps that included freezing and later dismantling its nuclear program, as well as opening its facilities to worldwide inspectors. Kim didn't confirm and extend a moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles; he didn't say he'd detail his arsenals or open them to inspection. The U.S. president brushed off questions about his public embrace of the autocrat whose people have been oppressed for decades.

Tensions between the two nations have been the epicenter of heightening geopolitical tensions a year ago, with North Korea taking center stage in Trump administration's foreign policy agenda.

The first United States responses to the dramatic meeting came as Trump and Kim headed home from Singapore.

Though the leaders mentioned in a joint statement the need for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the wording is ominously vague and, it could be argued, doesn't go any further than the North's previous promises. The formal document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days. "On his comments, as I said, I'm going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadians". The Singapore summit proved a landmark victory for both. Trump responded that he embracing diplomacy with Kim in hopes of saving as many as 30 million lives.

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