INVITING Kim to Washington, Presisident Trump says Sanctions Will Continue Till Complete N Korea’s Denuclearisation

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday made history by committing to ensure peace and stability in Asia and agreeing to make beginning of a “terrific relationship” as the  world watched them on TV smiling shaking hands at Singapore far away from their homelands. Commenting on the historic Summit, The Guardian says President Trump has agreed to suspend US military exercises with South Korea during negotiations with the North and to provide Pyongyang with unspecified security guarantees in exchange for an equally vague commitment to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. He and Kim Jong-un also got their photo op featuring a stunning array of American and Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea flags. The US will guarantee the permanence of one of the most brutal dictatorships on earth and reducing its commitment to its South Korean allies in exchange for some still-to-be-determined constraints on North Korean missile and nuclear weapons capabilities. The joint statement contains no reference at all to human rights issues or North Korean abductions, though it does refer to repatriation of the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. All you need to know about this deal is what the Republicans would be saying if President Obama had negotiated it, commented The Guardian.” Kim also got a lot from the photo op, which portrayed him as the equal of the President of the United States. The handshake was a de facto acknowledgement of North Korea’s nuclear power status, legitimizing both the regime and its acquisition of nuclear weapons. It will strengthen Kim both at home and abroad. Trump has no problem with that: he seems to relish relations with dictators and disdain democrats. Trump will also benefit from the photo op, though less than Kim. He’ll use it to assert effectiveness in foreign policy, an arena in which the Administration has had absolutely no success and a number of significant failures, not the least at the G7 meeting in Quebec last weekend. The Atlantic alliance is a shambles, relations with European and Pacific allies and trading partners have been upended, and Russia continues its occupation of part of Ukraine as well as its marauding in Syria. America is more alone in the world, and less able to exert its will, than it has been in decades”. A smiling POTUS says our talks will continue and invited the foe turned ally Kim to the United States of America for deepening cooperation in various spheres. The world’s largest nuclear power and North Korea, one of the poorest nations committed to nuclearize the nation, met in the red-carpeted reception area of the grand Capella Hotel in Singapore’s Sentosa Island, reports The New York Times. This for the  for the first time that a sitting  POTUS  and a Korean leader met face to face since the   conclusion of the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 resulting in the creation  of North and South  Koreas. The two leaders then shared a 12-second handshake in the courtyard of the British-colonial style hotel against a backdrop of American and North Korean flags. After posing for photographs, the two leaders walked off to meet privately in an attempt to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear programme.”I feel really great,” Trump tweeted. “It’s going to be a great discussion and I think tremendous success. I think it’s going to be really successful and I think we will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.”Kim spoke in Korean, saying that “the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles on our way forward, but we’ve overcome all of them, and we are here today”. After their one-on-one meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes, the two leaders were joined by senior aides for an expanded bilateral meeting and working lunch. Asked how the earlier discussion went, Trump said: “Very, very good,” The Straits Times reported. On the US side, Trump’s team included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. The North Korean delegation included Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui and Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Yong Chol. The two delegations are sitting across a nearly 80-year-old, 4.3 metre-long teak wood table formerly used by the Chief Justice of Singapore in the daily administration of the court. The US seeks complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Kim fears giving up of all nukes may invite an invasion by Washington. In 2017, Pyongyang fired off ballistic missiles and even conducted the most powerful nuclear test till date infuriating the US. Its sole ally China was left embarrassed. The Korean War ended without an official peace treaty. Trump’s predecessors had made several attempts to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons, without success. Two major diplomatic efforts – an agreement in 1994 and the six-party talks in the 2000s – were ultimately abandoned, with both sides either failing to agree or accusing the other of not abiding by the terms of the agreements, reports The New York Times.




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