Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

North Korean Denuclearisation To Start After Document Is Signed


In North Korea, the state media has praised the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, while downplaying the agreement to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

"Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump said on Twitter shortly after arriving back in Washington.

Best case scenario is the two sides start talking, North Korea decides the U.S.is no longer a threat and scales back its arsenal.

Pompeo says he was there when Trump talked about it with Kim.

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Only a few months ago, Kim and Trump were swapping personal insults such as "dotard" and "little rocket man" and the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, as well as firing missiles over Japan.

Since the end of the Korean war, when Washington fought alongside Seoul against the North, the USA has had troops stationed in South Korea. "We trusted this big country, the United States, and we have been working on the North Korean human rights issue together until now, but now I am not sure if we can work together in the future", said Jung, who is also a human rights activist with a group called No Chain. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

The president's suspension of the exercises came as U.S. Forces-Korea, led by Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, is preparing for the annual Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises later this summer with the South Koreans. -South Korea war games as part of the negotiations with Kim. But simultaneously, Seoul is aiming to prepare its defenses in case the US decides to halt joint military exercises indefinitely or pull out the around 28,000 troops it has stationed inside South Korea's borders.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Singapore on Wednesday on his way to Seoul, where he planned to meet privately in the evening with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea. In fact, the Chinese foreign ministry hinted before Trump's press conference that it knew about the president's decision in advance. Trump phoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in after leaving Singapore to brief him on the discussions.

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Rodman first visited North Korea in 2013 when he toured the country with the Harlem Globetrotters.

In the aftermath of the Singapore summit, the anti-Trump talking point is that Trump accomplished nothing of outcome. At a press conference just before leaving Singapore, Trump said Kim will start dismantling his nuclear arsenal "very quickly"; he noted that he wants USA troops out of South Korea "at some point"; he'll visit Pyongyang "at a certain time". "Plus, I think it's very provocative".

Kim and Trump invited each other to their countries and they "gladly" accepted the invitations, sharing the belief that such a meeting would serve as "another important" occasion for improved relations between North Korea and the U.S, the KCNA said.

Asked specifically about verification of Pyongyang's denuclearization and whether it will be irreversible - objectives outlined by Trump but unmentioned in the statement - Pompeo said: "The modalities are beginning to develop".

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How will this change relations between the USA and South Korea, particularly the presence of United States troops? Still, others might say let's wait until there's an actual peace deal before we start doling out the accolades. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.

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