Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

U.S., South Korea, Japan vow to work on North Korean denuclearization

World Can'Sleep Well After North Korea Summit Donald Trump Says U.S., South Korea, Japan vow to work on North Korean denuclearization
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2018, 09:10

Kim signed a document committing North Korea to denuclearization, but it was light on details and reminiscent of past agreements violated by the rogue regime.

Kim understands that the process must happen "quickly", Pompeo said, warning there will be no sanctions relief until after "complete denuclearisation".

Illustrative: US Army M1-A2 tanks fire during US-South Korea joint military live-fire drills at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, April 26, 2017.

Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the USA stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un's behavior.

Despite Trump and Moon's assertions about the North Korean nuclear threat being over, a senior USA official responsible for studying the North Korean military said the US intelligence assessment of the nuclear and other military threat posed by North Korea to USA and allied forces in Asia and the northwest Pacific remained unchanged.

And Trump told ABC News the US would soon end or scale back longstanding joint military exercises with South Korea, and agreed that they were "provocative" toward the North.

Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

Two North Korean missiles flew over Japan past year as Pyongyang made rapid advances in its programme to develop a missile capable of striking the US mainland with a nuclear warhead.

China has clearly been concerned with North Korea's increasingly belligerent behaviour in the region; President Xi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held two meetings with Kim Jong-un in China this year.

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A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally drawing down the American troop presence on the Korean peninsula - not necessarily because he's said he will, but because they don't want to rely on his word that he won't.

Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the ruling party, said he heard from Abe that Kim did not repeat North Korea's claim that the issue involving Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s had been resolved.

Pompeo will then travel to Beijing, North Korea's main diplomatic ally.

"The United States is our ally, so the joint military drills are still necessary to maintain our relationship with the USA", said Lee Jae Sung, from Incheon.

So, what will the North Korean leader get in return for agreeing to "de-nuclearise"? Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue. It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration.

"I think he's going to do these things", Trump said. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.

"All of that points to a new era of the relationship between the United States and North Korea", Tina Park, vice president of the NATO Association of Canada, told Global News.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S.

"The U.S. -South Korea joint exercises and U.S. forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia", Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday.

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