Trump gaslights the American public about North Korea’s nuclear weapons
- Phil Peters
Trump has already spoken to Moon by phone, in a 20-minute call following the U.S. president's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, which saw a pledge from both leaders to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
A day after his historic nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un in Singapore, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday saying the meeting was a "very positive experience" and "everyone can feel much safer than the day I took office". "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".
"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea's Lieutenant-Colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement.
Critics in the United States said the joint statement by the two leaders was short on detail and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim, whose country is under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear and weapons programs and is widely condemned for human rights abuses.
"It's going to be a long journey and there's a lot of work to be done yet, this is just the beginning of negotiation that could encompass a lot of very complex and hard issues between United States and North Korea that will include numerous major powers in that part of the world", said Dr Peter Brooks, Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" the President wrote.
Trump's chest-thumping tweets seemed reminiscent of the "Mission Accomplished" banner flown behind President George W. Bush in 2003 when he spoke aboard a Navy ship following the USA invasion of Iraq. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency.
On the other hand, Russian Federation and China, who joined North Korea in criticizing the joint military drills in the past, welcomed Trump's decision.
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And when Stephanopoulos pressed Trump how how "he is going to know that [Kim] is keeping his word", all Trump could say is "we're going to be following things, we're going to be monitoring things".
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Bottom line: "Trump wanted to make it look like he did something big, whether he did something big or not". Trump also admitted, as shown in video from C-SPAN, that he could be wrong about North Korea.
The US and its ally South Korea hold regular military exercises to the fury of North Korea, which has long seen the drills as preparations to invade it. -South Korea joint military exercises that take place every year.
Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit.
"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the U.S.", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon.
"We may be able to recoup a little bit of that, but I think it is a cost that we're willing to pay and it's our contribution to an worldwide endeavor, which is in our profound interests", he added.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening.
The administration's argument is that the incremental approach used by past administrations has allowed North Korea to extract rewards and incentives from the USA, only to ultimately renege and refuse to give up its nukes.
Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit. Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks.
Victor Cha, a former United States pointman on North Korea, said in an opinion piece in the New York Times: "Despite its many flaws, the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war".
Xi met twice with Kim before Singapore and retains a strong influence on the situation - China even lent Kim a plane to get to the summit.
Kim's vows to denuclearize were reported by state media Wednesday within that context - that Pyongyang would respond to easing of what it sees as the hostile us policy with commensurate but gradual moves toward "the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
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.
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