Opinion North Korea Summit -- A Trump-Kim PR stunt or a major step toward denuclearization?

18:11  14 june  2018
18:11  14 june  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Trump and Kim could meet for second day in Singapore

  Trump and Kim could meet for second day in Singapore US officials have laid the groundwork for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to hold a second day of meetings in Singapore if the two men decide they want to continue their discussions, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN. Trump and Kim are currently scheduled to meet next Tuesday for the first time and the US President is scheduled to return to the US next Wednesday.

If U.S.- North Korean negotiations fail, the Trump - Kim summit will be seen as a glorified PR stunt The communique agreed to by President Trump and Kim Jong Un speaks not of denuclearization , but of a commitment to “work toward ” complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

June 12, 2018. Trump - Kim Summit : What About Denuclearization ? So I cannot help but be hopeful that this could be the beginning of a fundamental change for the better in US relations with North Korea and the first step toward peace on the peninsula.

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The Singapore summit was quintessentially Trumpian – a made-for-TV spectacular, long on red-carpet pageantry and short on substance. It was also Trumpian in another sense: both President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made vague pledges they can easily ignore should follow-on talks falter.

President Trump expressed optimism Wednesday about the outcome of the talks, tweeting: "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!"

Trump warns Kim Jong Un on North Korea summit: 'It's a one-time shot'

  Trump warns Kim Jong Un on North Korea summit: 'It's a one-time shot' President Trump on Saturday expressed optimism about his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but warned that the opportunity for Kim won’t happen again, calling it a “one-time shot.” Trump made his remarks in Charlevoix, Canada, at the end of the G-7 summit in a press conference as he prepared to depart for Singapore where he will meet with Kim on Tuesday to discuss issues such as North Korea denuclearization and an end to the Korean War.Trump expressed hope that the summit would be good for world peace but also for the dictatorship.

North Korea state media reported Monday that leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will discuss denuclearization and establishing a “durable peace-keeping mechanism” on the Korean Peninsula during their historic summit on Tuesday.

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And the president added in a follow-up tweet: “Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!”

In the best-case scenario, the summit that took place Tuesday was the beginning of a challenging, more traditional diplomatic process that could yield results America has long sought. These results include a denuclearized North Korea without intercontinental ballistic missiles threatening the American homeland, and a North Korea living in peace with democratic American-allied South Korea.

But there is a worst-case scenario as well. If U.S.-North Korean negotiations fail, the Trump-Kim summit will be seen as a glorified PR stunt, hyped by the media and aimed simply at boosting each leader’s political standing at home.

Graham warns that Trump's deal with North Korea needs approval from Congress

  Graham warns that Trump's deal with North Korea needs approval from Congress Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said any agreement between the U.S. and North Korea that comes from President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un should come to Congress for approval. "Not only do I want to see the details, I want to vote on them," Graham said on NBC's "Today.

The agreement’s language is apparently more vague and less demanding of North Korea ’s denuclearization program than previous 11 images that show just how bizarre the Trump - Kim summit really was A roundup of the most surreal photos from the Trump - Kim summit in Singapore.

At a briefing on the Trump - Kim summit last week sponsored by the website 38 North , which he started and still manages, Wit made it clear that this dismissal of North Korea ’s willingness to agree to denuclearization is misguided.

To President Trump’s credit, his “maximum pressure” sanctions on the North and the reversal of his bellicose rhetoric may have helped push Kim to Singapore so that his intentions could be explored.

Thanks also to diplomatic support from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Trump was able to stage not only an unprecedented  meeting, but secured a pledge to recover and repatriate the remains of some 5,000 American soldiers missing in North Korea since the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953.

But was the summit truly historic, meaning changing the course of history? Was it a turning point in North Korea’s nuclear aspirations, its provocations, or its brutal repression at home? What this face-to-face meeting appears to have done so far is enable President Trump to put Kim to the test.

After this initial round, Kim has emerged the apparent winner. At least in the short run, “Chairman Kim” – as President Trump deferentially called the brutal, 34-year-old dictator – has reason to smile.

North Korea Is Winning

  North Korea Is Winning A step toward a Korean peninsula united — under Pyongyang.Let’s speak plainly. If your only criteria for the Singapore talks is whether they decrease the short-term prospect of cataclysmic war on the Korean Peninsula, then Trump’s brief summit with Kim Jong-un is a success. It may also be very popular.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday, but the declaration has been criticized as falling short on new commitments from Pyongyang.

North Korea 's leader Kim Jong Un (L) walks with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US- North Korea summit , at the North Korea committed to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, while the United States committed to guarantee North Korea ’s security.

First, Kim paid little, financially or politically, for the legitimation he so desperately craves. Driven to the meeting in his armored Mercedes, he flew home in his Chinese-supplied jet with Singapore picking up his hotel tab and what the Wall Street Journal called his “place on world stage” cemented.

Second, Kim got security guarantees for his odious regime, and by implication, the preservation of his own role as the greatest of his impoverished country’s supreme leaders.

Third, Kim pocketed the cancellation of the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises that President Trump called “provocative,” expensive (read waste of money) "war games."

What Kim wanted but did not get was an immediate lifting of economic sanctions on his country.

What did President Trump get at the meeting? A photo-op seen (and mostly praised) around the world. His main achievement was an even emptier nuclear disarmament pledge than those Kim’s predecessors made in 1994 and 2005 and violated.

The communique agreed to by President Trump and Kim Jong Un speaks not of denuclearization, but of a commitment to “work toward” complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. How and when this would be achieved or verified is yet to be determined.

EXCLUSIVE-Half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea - Reuters/Ipsos poll

  EXCLUSIVE-Half of Americans approve of Trump's handling of North Korea - Reuters/Ipsos poll Just over half of all Americans say they approve of how President Donald Trump has handled North Korea, but only a quarter think that his summit this week with Kim Jong Un will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Wednesday. In a joint declaration following their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the North Korean leader pledged to move toward complete denuclearization and Trump vowed to guarantee the security of the United States' old foe. Forty percent of those polled said they did not believe the countries would stick to their commitments.

SINGAPORE: U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged at a historic summit on Tuesday to move toward complete denuclearisation , while the United States promised its old foe security guarantees.

“The world will see a major change,” Kim said through a translator. Asked by reporters if the agreement was the starting point for a process that would begin the denuclearization of Ten historic moments in U.S.- North Korean relations . At Trump - Kim summit , human rights is a back-burner issue.

Only days before the summit, President Trump and his senior aides insisted that Kim’s denuclearization be “complete, verifiable and irreversible.”

President Trump said at his press conference in Singapore that Kim would allow inspectors to verify that Pyongyang had destroyed, dismantled, or decommissioned the estimated 141 sites devoted to the production or use of unconventional weapons in a mountainous country the size of Pennsylvania. But the absence of any reference to verification in the communique struck Korean experts as ominous.

“Chances are we’re basically back to the same old rodeo with North Korea,” said Michael J. Green, President George W. Bush’s senior director for Asia on the National Security Council staff. “North Koreans have declared they’re a nuclear weapons state in their constitution. Kim Jong Un declared that they’ve achieved nuclear weapon status.” Despite previous similar pledges, he said, Pyongyang continued testing nuclear weapons.

Unless Trump & Co. push hard behind closed doors, we may have to bid farewell to the insistence on CVID – complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.

The summit was unprecedented in another respect. It marked a reversal of traditional diplomacy in which allies are rewarded and enemies held at bay.

North Korea's Kim thanks China for support with Trump summit

  North Korea's Kim thanks China for support with Trump summit North Korean state media say the country's leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week's groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump. Kim was in Beijing on Wednesday during his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbors.

President Donald Trump and North Korea 's Kim Jong Un concluded the nuclear summit Tuesday with the U.S. president pledging unspecified "security guarantees" to the North and Kim recommitting to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

North Korea state media reported Monday that leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will discuss denuclearization and establishing a “durable peace-keeping mechanism” on the Korean Peninsula during their historic summit on Tuesday.

At the Singapore summit and the disastrous G-7 meeting of allied industrial nations in Canada, President Trump held an American enemy close and dissed longstanding friends.

The back-to-back summits were a Kiss Kim, Kick Canada, Alice-in-Wonderland extravaganza that unnerved America's allies, particularly South Korea. President Moon was not informed in advance of President Trump’s agreement to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, according to Sue Mi Terry, a Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the South Korean capital of Seoul Wednesday to try to undo the diplomatic damage and assure President Moon that America’s alliance and its security guarantees to his country remain intact.

It is much too soon to declare the summit a failure, as some commentators have done. Since talks to implement the declaration are expected to begin within a month, we will soon know Kim’s true intentions. I, unlike many other Trump critics, hope that the president’s radically new approach to handling this untested Korean autocrat will succeed. But skepticism is obviously in order.

President Trump did win at least one new fan in Singapore. Retired NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, who has visited Kim in North Korea, praised President Trump for the summit, noting tearfully that Barack Obama never had time for him.

Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, Rodman claimed credit for making the summit happen.

"Today is a great day for everybody, Singapore, Tokyo, China, everything,” Rodman told a TV anchor.

Maybe one day Rodman will be able to buy one of those North Korean beach condos that President Trump showed Kim on his iPad. Given North Korea’s record, however, renting may be a safer bet.

Trump: N. Korea blowing up test sites, 'total denuclearization ...has already started' .
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites.Speaking at a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House, Trump said: "They’ve stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles. They’re destroying their engine site. They’re blowing it up. They’ve already blown up one of their big test sites, in fact it’s actually four of their big test sites.

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