Singapore agreement will end Cold War, S. Korea president says

Marsha Scott
June 13, 2018

The US president and North Korean leader pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula during their meeting in Singapore.

The vice president commended Trump on his success thus far with North Korea, speaking of that country's participation in the Winter Olympics, the suspension of all ballistic missile testing and, recently, the release of three American hostages.

-South Korean military drills - and wants to remove the 28,500 US troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.

"There's no history of this family ever having not lied to the West", Shapiro said.

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the USA seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security). "The guy's a tin-pot dictator, and treating him as though he's an equal world leader seems to me counterproductive", Shapiro said. "I believe that he's going back and will start it virtually immediately", Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.

The announcement took South Korean officials by surprise.

"We're not there yet", he said.

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Trump's supporters, who relish his unconventional diplomatic style, are likely to hail the summit as a foreign policy win for the president over one of America's most bitter long-time foes even as he feuds with Washington's closest allies after leaving an economic summit in Canada in disarray over the weekend.

The US president said he would end "provocative" annual joint military exercises with Seoul, and spoke of his hope to one day withdraw the 32,000 American soldiers stationed in South Korea.

She stressed the need to protect America and its allies, address the nuclear threat from North Korea and protect long-term USA interests in Asia. "I was a little concerned that the president would give away our issue with regard to military exercises without getting something in return".

It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of USA troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.

Although Beijing was not officially involved in the landmark talks, China's influence over the reclusive North Korean regime had still been felt, analysts said, and the "symbolic" nature of the agreement shed light on its role in the process.

The troops and war games were not mentioned in the final summit document, which focused on security guarantees and a general commitment to denuclearization. He called the regular training sessions between USA and South Korean forces "very provocative" and costly.

In a news conference following the summit, Trump also praised North Korea's beaches "from a real estate perspective".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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