Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Trump’s North Korea Deal Is Different, and Not in a Good Way

Trump’s North Korea Deal Is Different, and Not in a Good Way

Donald Trump showed Kim Jong Un a film he had made about a vision for North Korea without nuclear weapons.

They agreed to establish new relations between the countries and committed to "build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula", where the US and South Korea are still technically at war with the North. But the North has long sought an end to the United States military presence in the South, where Washington has around 28,000 troops stationed to protect it from its neighbour. "The real test of "success" will be whether the two sides can transform the bold commitments into concrete, steady progress in the weeks and months and years ahead". It was a bad thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea. "We did discuss it today strongly", Mr Trump told a news conference after the meeting in Singapore.

And as they emerged from the meal for a brief stroll together, Trump appeared to delight in showing his North Korean counterpart the interior of "The Beast", the famed US presidential limousine known for its high-tech fortifications.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump would face opposition to any move to withdraw American forces from South Korea. He is hardly a clear victor; although he insisted that he gave up nothing, it is unclear what concessions Trump extracted from Kim.

"It was not easy to get here", Kim said of the meeting.

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There are those who will praise it for abandoning the all-or-nothing negotiation style and opting for a more pragmatic and longer-term process, providing enough time and space to work out the details of where we're headed and how to get there.

Trump said the USA will be monitoring the situation in North Korea to be sure that Kim is committed to dismantling his country's nuclear program.

He had been imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korean state media said.

During an interview with the Associated Press, Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he has resigned from an advisory panel trying to tackle the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, January 24, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar.

Warren visited the region in March and has called on the Trump administration to keep Congress informed on its negotiations with North Korea. "We are proud of Otto and miss him".

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"Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun", the narrator said. For one thing, North Korea's commitment on "complete denuclearization" is simply a repeat of its previous promise from the inter-Korean summit in April, and it lacks a clear definition.

But as the world was glued to the unprecedented meeting, we also learned that Kim likes a selfie and that Trump is really, really proud of "The Beast", his armoured auto.

"Do you now see Kim Jong-un as an equal?" asked a Time magazine correspondent.

Kim at one point told Trump that many people around the world would see their meeting as a kind of fantasy, as if it the event was a "science fiction movie".

They first met Tuesday for about 40 minutes alone, except for their translators, before bringing in delegations from their respective sides for a working lunch.

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