Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

Posted June 13, 2018

President Trump promised that the US will stop all "war games" on the Korean peninsula if North Korea's Kim Jong Un will start the process of denuclearization-a process Trump expects Kim to get on "very quickly" after their historic meeting in Singapore today.

Trump appeared to sidestep a question about him calling Kim "talented" given North Korea's humanitarian record and human rights violations by crediting Warmbier's death for bringing the two world leaders together.

Sputnik discussed the first ever summit between an incumbent United States president and a North Korean leader with Charles Armstrong, a historian and professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University. "China is a great country and [it has a] great leader who is a friend of mine".

"Today I assured his dad, as the president said two days ago, their beloved son, Otto Warmbier, will not have died in vain", Pence said. I heard from him.

I said, 'Boy, look at that view.

Discussions are also left on economic rewards North Korea will receive such as sanctions relief and investment in the regime.

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"This has shown that the disputes between Washington and Pyongyang remain large and can not be resolved in a single summit", said Cheng Xiaohe, a Korean affairs expert at Renmin University of China.

Bruce Klingner, a North Korea expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the denuclearization pledge in the Trump statement is "diluted from the six-party talks provision, and there was no mention of North Korea moving towards complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, as the administration had hinted". "China - and also regional players including Japan and Russian Federation - could play a part in the efforts that follow". That deal reportedly includes a commitment to a "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula aimed at establishing a "peace regime".

While Trump's approval numbers on specific topics (the economy, trade, immigration, etc.) are highly divided by partisan identification, North Korea is a subject where that is less true.

Many are freaking out over Trump's real estate comments, but it's hard to tell how seriously he meant them and, hey, capitalist development has helped defang dictators at least as bad as Kim.

Trump said, however, that he was willing to stop joint US-South Korea military drills, a key demand from Pyongyang. Well, obviously, that's where we started and where we ended. Instead of months or years of low-level talks culminating in a landmark accord, Trump agreed to a face-to-face meeting with Kim at the outset, before either side had even agreed on a broad definition of denuclearization.

But instead, she said, the North Koreans left him in a awful place with no care to vegetate, and then acted "like we're doing the world a favor" and released him saying he had botulism - which USA doctors never confirmed.

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But Chung said that China would not be left out.

"The global community must not take the pressure off without confirmation the regime actually committed and is following through with genuine denuclearisation", Senator Wong said in a statement.

Overall, the post-summit statements from Trump and Kim are "bold" yet lack detail, reports the Times.

Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not.

"This was an opportunity to make a breakthrough and if we missed it, how can we be sure the tensions on the Korean peninsula won't return?" asked Zhu Feng, an global relations specialist at Nanjing University.

North Korea is now under both worldwide and unilateral USA sanctions for its nuclear and missiles tests.

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Beijing could also be waiting to see whether Pyongyang will draw closer to Washington after the talks. "So, I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it - but we had no choice", he told Hannity.