European Union hails 'crucial and necessary' Trump-Kim talks

Marsha Scott
June 16, 2018

It does not, for instance, take steps toward ending the technical state of war between the United States and North Korea.

For both men the meeting brought much to gain as well as considerable risk.

American adults have supported working toward denuclearization of North Korea using diplomacy and peaceful efforts for many years.

The summit centred on nuclear disarmament and reducing tensions. U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Tuesday it was unaware of any policy change. This could, overtime, also weaken global resolve and willingness of many nations, particularly outside the West, to implement worldwide sanctions against North Korea.

He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the USA was "prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America's been willing to provide previously".

Several reporters asked whether Mr Trump had raised the issue of human rights with Mr Kim, who runs a totalitarian regime with extreme censorship and forced-labour camps.

As the day wrapped up, the president told reporters, "We have developed a very special bond".

Trump said he has chosen to talk with Kim in hopes of saving as many as 30 million lives.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer faulted Trump's agreement with Kim as short on details, saying the United States gave up "substantial leverage".

"I remain skeptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress", Portman said in a statement. "We overcame all kinds of skepticism and speculation about this summit and I believe that this is good for the peace", Kim said.

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12 June 2018, the US President Donald trump and the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN held a meeting in Singapore.

Soon, Kim was on a plane headed home, while Trump talked to the media for more than an hour about what he called a historic achievement to avoid nuclear war.

The billionaire real-estate developer Trump said he emphasized to Kim the possibilities a North Korean tourist industry could afford.

China, a close ally of North Korea, provided transportation logistics by offering an Air China plane, a retrofitted Boeing (747-4J6), for the 3,000-mile trip from Pyongyang to Singapore.

Trump declared that the summit would lead to denuclearization in North Korea, and he noted that this was only the beginning of such negotiations.

But Russia warned that the "devil is in the detail" and Iran said North Korea should not trust the US.

Trump's unilateral decision last month to pull out of the landmark deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons has left the other nations involved scrambling to preserve the pact.

In the United States, political opinion is mixed. Accusing Trudeau of making false statements and even branding him as "meek and mild", meaning he never contradicted him in their conversations, he virtually upended what to the other leaders was a cordial though sometimes testy gathering. "And you know that the North Koreans have always said, look, let's negotiate in Asia, U.S., and North Korea".

Thousands of journalists had flocked to the Singapore to cover the historic summit. The VFW estimates that as many as 5,300 sets of remains are in North Korea.

Trump and Kim broke the ice on a bold diplomatic gamble, and now the real work begins.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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