Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Kim Jong-un knows denuclearization must be 'quick' - Pompeo

Kim Jong-un knows denuclearization must be 'quick' - Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, centre, and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono attend a joint news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. The president raised more questions after declaring upon his return to the USA that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Seoul on Thursday that "complete, verifiable and irreversible" disarmament of North Korea remains Washington's goal and that sanctions will remain in place, but admitted that implementing the deal reached in Singapore on Tuesday will be hard.

South Korea's Blue House offered cautious assent to Trump's controversial statement Wednesday that the US would halt "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, saying the suspension of joint military drills may be necessary to assist in denuclearization talks, according to Yonhap news agency. The trilateral cooperation among the United States, South Korea and Japan has been crucial to the effectiveness regarding our efforts regarding our efforts related to the denuclearization of North Korea.

At his news conference, President Trump said it was hard to ensure anything but that he trusted his instinct that Mr Kim would abide by his word.

"It's important that we don't lose sight of the fact that Kim Jong Un is a butcher and he is a butcher of his own people", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said Tuesday.

Pompeo was briefing North Asian leaders on Trump's first-of-its-kind summit with Kim, meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before heading to Beijing later to talk with China's Xi Jinping.

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Also on Thursday, South and North Korea held their first high-level military talks since 2007, discussing ways to ease cross-border tensions.

Pompeo insisted Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would "be a process, not an easy one". The United States commits to security guarantees; North Korea commits to complete denuclearization.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the summit "as a step in a comprehensive resolution" and promised more cooperation with Washington, Beijing, Seoul, Moscow, and others to resolve the lineup of issues North Korea will face if it is honest about wanting to rejoin the global community.

The U.S. State Department mistakenly made Singapore a part of neighboring Malaysia in a note issued in connection with the summit, drawing a slew of snide comments on social media.

"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".

China, Germany and the United States must all acknowledge that, even if Kim is a dictator, the 35-year-old is not insane.

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"The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s and has used them in a variety of drills".

Pompeo said the Chinese agreed that only at an "appropriate time" will sanctions relief be considered "but only after full denuclearization, complete denuclearization of North Korea". "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

A number of analysts caution that the U.S. That term could encompass not just North Korean atomic arms, but also nuclear-capable U.S. forces across the region, or even the world. -South Korean drills was met with concern.

"The U.S. -South Korea joint exercises and U.S. forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

In February 2017, during an interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, Trump said he "respects" Putin and downplayed O'Reilly's description of him as a "killer".

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