Pompeo: No sanctions relief for North Korea until complete denuclearization
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Pompeo said that Trump, in his discussion with Kim, "made it very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was a productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing". He insisted that Trump had been explicit about the sequencing from the start.
When questioned on the wording, Pompeo said Trump's intention was to allow the USA the opportunity to pursue further productive conversations on the issue with Pyongyang.
"Only then will there be relief from the sanctions", he added. "'You know, we're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea, and I said, 'What's this costing?"
Pyongyang in return "commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".
South Korean army's K-9 self-propelled howitzers take positions during an annual exercise in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, June 11, 2018. "The Korean War never ended, it was a cease-fire and now we have a chance to put that conflict to bed".
"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", he tweeted.
"It has grown its capabilities far greater than any other country previously under the regime of Kim Jong-un - I recall a testimony from a defector, stating that it now has around 1,800 specialists, some of them handpicked as RNK's most talented computer experts".
The Trump administration is suggesting the DPRK, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, model its future on paths taken by Singapore in the 1960s, Deng Xiaoping's China in the 1970s and Russian Federation under perestroika in the 1980s, in which closed authoritarian systems opened up under contiguous leadership (with less success in Russian Federation, where the Soviet Union ultimately fell to a kleptocratic system run by the same network of men).
The president's remarks about North Korea no longer being a threat were echoed Thursday by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who said the Trump-Kim summit meant the world had escaped the threat of war. He said negotiations would recommence "in the next week or so".
Pompeo said he'll be hammering out details of the accord in the coming weeks with North Korean counterparts. The two leaders met on Tuesday and signing a brief declaration on denuclearization and reducing tensions. A Democratic senator from Connecticut, Chris Murphy, said of the outcome of the Singapore summit: "Kim's gulags, public executions, planned starvation, are legitimized on the world stage..." "They can't threaten the United States in that way".
President Trump has made it official, at least on Twitter.
The latest example concerns North Korea.
"Not all of that work appeared in the final document", Pompeo said.
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Pompeo was scheduled to travel next to Beijing before returning to Washington.
"He's dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others", Trump said during a CBS interview.
Without his nuclear arsenal, Kim wouldn't have been even able to sit down and negotiate with Trump, according to Cotton, a member of the armed service committee who backed the president's efforts in Singapore.
"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the US", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon. The Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations both did so.
There has been deep scepticism about the agreement, with observers saying it lacked detail on how North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and how that process would be verified.
The exact terms of that agreement remain unclear.
"We're going to get denuclearization". No longer - sleep well tonight!'
Sceptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.
Iran urged North Korea to be vigilant while it weighs US offers, citing Trump's decision last month to quit a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions.
"Kim Jong Un has proved to be a pretty ruthless leader in North Korea, and I'm not sure this sort of speed dating of a 45-minute one-on-one meeting. would suggest that there's nothing to be concerned about", he said.
Using the military exercises as a massive negotiating chip in exchange for the North denuclearizing is a pretty orthodox policy proposal, but it stunned nearly everybody that Trump seemed to be giving this away for free after his meeting. Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. Mr. Trump said he and Kim, a dictator accused of directing the murders of family members and starving his own people, had a "very good relationship". He told reporters that if the USA concludes they no longer are, the freeze "will no longer be in effect".
In the summit statement, Kim pledged to "work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" - a stock phrase favored by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding United States demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.
This is not the first time Trump has declared the news media an "enemy" of the United States, as a year ago he said that networks that covered him critically were an "enemy of the people".
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