Moon Says Denuclearization of N.Korea Could Take Years

Yes, Trump Talked About Human Rights With Kim Jong Un - Katie Pavlich

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the U.S. seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security). ". I just feel very strongly, my instinct. they want to make a deal".

Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign of crippling trade and economic sanctions for bringing Kim to the negotiating table and vowed to keep them in place until North Korea complies with its promises.

It explained that the meeting had 'great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future'.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attempted to clarify Bolton's comments in May, but Pyongyang was back on the offensive: North Korea's state-run media outlet referred to Pence as "ignorant and stupid" for making "unbridled and impudent remarks".

The two leaders concluded their Tuesday meeting by signing an agreement that acknowledges progress in their talks.

Complete denuclearisation must mean the irreversible dismantlement of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. This kind of a face-to-face meeting with a United States president is something that North Koreans have wanted for decades and Kim Jong-un can say he succeeded.

Nan, a senior official at the South Korean presidential office, said he believed Pyongyang and Washington could "develop confidence in resolving any issues through follow-up measures".

'All systems go' for Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un's summit
Poll numbers that showed most Americans - on both sides of the aisle - approve of his handling of North Korea. Yet many close observers doubt the once hostile leader's appetite for peace.

But Trump refused to endorse a communique at the G7 summit over the weekend that said participants were "guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based global order". If things turn out well, Trump will be encouraged to pursue similar tough terms with Iran.

Despite a year-long stand-off over Seoul's deployment of a USA anti-missile shield, China and the South found themselves on the same side last year after Trump threatened the North with "fire and fury" when it tested missiles that Pyongyang said could reach the United States mainland.

The US president said he would end "provocative" annual joint military exercises with Seoul, and spoke of his hope to one day withdraw the 32,000 American soldiers stationed in South Korea.

"It is a list of aspirational goals", said Evans Revere, a former U.S. negotiator with North Korea.

"Without support from China, it's really hard for Washington and Pyongyang to press ahead on denuclearisation and the peace process", Cheng said.

Mintaro Oba, a former US State Department diplomat specialising in the Koreas, said the summit was more about style and symbolism.

The pledge, absent from the joint statement Trump signed with Kim, appeared to come as news to both South Korea and the Pentagon.

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