N.Korea Wants to Separate Denuclearization and Verification

Aaron Brown
June 16, 2018

Absolutely ... you used the term major, major disarmament, something like that?

China, North Korea's main ally, previous year proposed what it calls a "dual suspension", whereby North Korea suspend nuclear and missile tests, and South Korea and the United States suspend military drills. Beijing's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it will continue to dedicate itself to establishing a peace mechanism for the Korean peninsula.

A joint statement issued after the first-ever U.S.

That Mr Trump called the war games "provocative" essentially parroted the North Korean position.

North Korea, Trump said, has agreed to destroy a major missile engine testing site. Both Trump and Kin Jong Un have already arrived in Singapore.

Most Western observers have said the deal appears to include significant concessions from the USA while including no new commitments from North Korea nor details on how denuclearisation could be achieved. He said negotiations would recommence "in the next week or so".

North Korea committed to work towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the United States.

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"I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification", Pompeo said. "Propaganda, all that stuff, that's not something we'd get involved in".

President Donald Trump is thanking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people", saying their summit Tuesday "proves that real change is possible!" But the two countries didn't nail down how and when the North might denuclearize or shed light on the unspecified "protections" Trump pledged to Kim and his government.

More: Democrats blast Trump for concessions he granted in U.S. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency.

Australia has imposed sanctions on North Korea - covering travel, goods and services, banking and scientific co-operation - since 2006 in response to the regime's weapons programs. Trump's claim is dubious given that independent experts estimate Pyongyang has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs. Their seemingly friendly meeting was in sharp contrast to their tit-for-tat insults and bellicose rhetoric late past year while Pyongyang carried out its biggest nuclear and missile tests. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

Asked about Trump's comments, South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters there was a need to seek measures that would help improve engagement with North Korea but it was also necessary to confirm exactly what Trump had meant.

"Kim Jong Un has proved to be a pretty ruthless leader in North Korea, and I'm not sure this sort of speed dating of a 45-minute one-on-one meeting. would suggest that there's nothing to be concerned about", he said.

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